Citizen Science - Conservation Efforts - National Audubon Christmas Bird Count


Background:  Since the Christmas Bird Count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteers like you. The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of community science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada, and many countries in the Western Hemisphere go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds.

Location: Two opportunities to participate, East and West side of Cincinnati.

West: Sunday, Dec. 18th - Meets at Spring Grove Cemetery, 4645 Spring Grove Ave. 45232

Various points west: Mt Airy Forest, LaBoiteaux Woods, Spring Grove Cemetery, Mill Creek Corridor and more.

East: Dec. 26th - Meets at Stanbery Park, 2221 Oxford Ave. 45230

Various points east: Stanbery Park, Beechmont Levee, the marinas, California Woods, Magrish, Lunken airport and Kellog drive.

 

Volunteers can sign up for a single shift (Morning, 8-12 or Afternoon, 12:30-5) or a full day. If you intend to participate for a whole day, sign up for both shifts. Afternoon meeting spots will be West: LaBoiteaux Woods, and East side: Wendys at 2238 Beechmont Ave

If your home is within the boundaries, volunteers may report the birds that visit your feeder on count day (please coordinate with the count leader if you intend to feeder watch).

 Key Responsibilities:

  • If you are a beginning birder, you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher.
  • Volunteers follow specified routes through a designated 15-mile diameter circle, identifying and counting every bird they see or hear all day. It's not just a species tally—all birds are counted all day, giving an indication of the total number of birds in the circle that day.

 

Requirements:

  • Must have own transportation 
  • Must have basic knowledge of local bird species 
  • Must be 14 years or older, children must be accompanied by a guardian 
  • Participants must be able to move themselves along trails, over uneven ground, up and down hills, and across bridges and streams 
  • This event is rain or shine; be prepared to bird in any weather conditions

Preparation:

  • Details will be emailed to all participants from Parks staff and volunteers who organize this event. This will include specific location maps & detailed plans for each section. 
  • You can view these documents (also found in the document library) for more information. 
  • This is a link to the Audubon Society with more information about the count, you'll also find other ways to participate in citizen science through this resource. 
  • If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Joe joseph.brenzel@cincinnati-oh.gov 

Schedule Summary

This activity has the following schedule


Date Start Time End Time
Sunday, December 18, 2022 8:00 AM 12:00 PM
Sunday, December 18, 2022 12:30 PM 5:00 PM
Monday, December 26, 2022 8:00 AM 12:00 PM
Monday, December 26, 2022 12:30 PM 5:00 PM