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Christmas Bird Count

Christmas Bird Counts are open to everyone.

Birdwatching at a Christmas Bird Count © Noah Cole


Each year, Ontario Nature member groups organize bird counts in their communities across Ontario as part of their holiday traditions. The annual Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) are a festive holiday tradition welcoming birders of all skill levels.

The counts bring citizen scientists together to count as many different species, and individuals of those species, as possible over the course of a single day.

Join a bird count in your area this holiday season to contribute to bird research in North America.

Barred owl © Nature Barrie


The data collected help researchers and conservation organizations study the long-term abundance and ranges of birds across North America. Armed with this information, groups like Ontario Nature can effectively run and evaluate conservation activities.




Please register with the area’s local Christmas Bird Count contact.

Bird Studies Canada oversees Canada’s Christmas Bird Counts along with the National Audubon Society.

Evening grosbeak © Barry Ferg CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


For more information, please contact Lisa Richardson, nature network and communications coordinator, at or 416-444-8419 ext. 222.

Common redpoll © Missy Mandel

More Christmas Bird Counts will be added to the map and spreadsheet when the around announced.

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