Christmas Bird Count – Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas Bird Count and Tally Potluck Chili Feed

 at the First Congregational Church, 2610 E. Northern Lights Blvd – 5:00 PM


Anchorage Audubon Society sponsors the National Audubon Christmas Bird Count each year in December for Anchorage.

Anchorage is divided into 5 Areas and those areas are further divided into teams, each led by an experienced birder.  Most participants prefer to do the count in the area of their home which is familiar, but some have chosen other areas.

This year’s count will be Saturday, December 16th followed by the Tally Party and Chili Feed Potluck at the First Congregational Church, 2610 E. Northern Lights Blvd. just east of Lake Otis.  Park in the lot on the east side of the church and enter through the glass doors on that side (lower level of the building).

If you are interested in joining the count this year and have not participated in the past or want to change your area, please look at the attached map to determine the area of your choice. Then email that area leader (see below) no later than 1 week before the actual count day to sign up with your contact information, so she/he can get the necessary count day meeting information to you and help you choose a team.

This year you do not need to contact National Audubon ahead of time.  Anchorage Audubon’s CBC Coordinator will be adding you as a participant on their site after the count.  Please give your area leader as much contact information as possible (or are comfortable with).  It will make her job easier in case we need to contact you for details on a bird sighting.

If you have participated in the past and want to remain in the same area, let your leader know.  Unless otherwise notified, you can follow the same meeting procedure, etc. from past years.

Contact your Area Leader.  (Our new leaders in Areas 2&3 have the lists of participants from past years in those areas.)  If you don’t already have an area from past years where you also want to count this year, you can choose the area of town where you would like to count from the map on the back of this page.  Then contact that area leader for further instructions on when and where to meet.  If you have not participated in the past in your preferred area, you must contact your Area Leader at least one week before the count date to participate in that area.

We guarantee a day of fun and delicious food!

Area  Leader  E-mail  Phone
 1 Thede Tobish
 2 Andrew Fisher
 3 Tom Evans
 4 Dick Prentki
 5 Pat Pourchot

Google Map of Anchorage’s CBC Circle with boundaries, phone numbers, meeting locations, and e-mail addresses.

And here’s the cool part.  Anchorage is always at the TOP of the list of national participants in the CBC.  This is not based on per capita–we have one of the highest absolute numbers of counters.  Last year, Anchorage logged the EIGHTH HIGHEST number of participants in the entire United States.  WE beat out New York, LA, Chicago, San Diego, and oodles more.  We totally rocked the Christmas Bird Count.  We hope you’ll join us so we can do it again.

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is an organized continent-wide survey that documents every bird seen on a given day from sunrise to sunset. Since the turn of the 20th century, the Christmas Bird Count has contributed to the knowledge base of wintering birds in North America. This information is also important to allow scientists to detect fluctuations and trends of birds over a period of years. The count is an all-day event open to anyone wishing to participate. This is an excellent opportunity for novice bird watchers to join with seasoned veterans and learn more about identifying and finding the local birds. Home feeder-watchers are also needed. I would like to particularly encourage anyone with feeders in the Anchorage area who can spare at least one hour to watch their feeders to participate. The Christmas Bird Count is online with data from 1900 to the present at



Anchorage Audubon PDF of Christmas Bird Count map


Anchorage 2011 Christmas Bird Count Results

Anchorage 2010 Christmas Bird Count Results

Anchorage 2009 Christmas Bird Count Results

Anchorage 2008 Christmas Bird Count Results

Count Tally, Potluck and Chili Feed Location

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