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Christmas Bird Counts

Christmas Bird Counts

Snow Buntings by Gerald Romanchuk

2021 Christmas Bird Counts Across Alberta

Find your local count circle on Birds Canada's interactive map.

The Christmas Bird Count started in 1900 and is the longest running Citizen Science project in North America. Christmas Bird Counts are conducted on a single day between Dec 14 and Jan 5 within a 24 km diameter circle. Many are organized by Nature Alberta Member Clubs! Count birds in your local count circle to contribute data. Results are used to assess population and distribution trends of birds.

You can participate as a feeder watcher, from the comfort and warmth of your own home, or as a bush beater by coordinating efforts with others in your circle to go for a walk to count birds in the field.

Northern Region

  • Athabasca - Dec 27 - Contact: haecosse@hotmail.com (Harvey Scott)
  • Beaverlodge - Contact: kerrje@hotmail.com (Joan Kerr)
  • Cold Lake - Dec 18 - Contact: Tedhindmarch@gmail.com (Ted Hindmarch)
  • Dunstable - Contact: jaegergeorge@gmail.com
  • Fort McMurray - Dec 18 - Contact: cgodwin@owlmoon.ca (Christine Godwin)
  • Fort Smith - Contact: sharon.irwin@pc.gc.ca
  • Garden River inactive
  • Grande Cache - Dec 19 - Contact Karen Stroebel by email at stroebel@telusplanet.net, call or text 780-827-6205 or message Mountain Blooms in Grande Cache's Facebook Page.
  • Grande Prairie - Contact: kerrje@hotmail.com (Joan E. Kerr)
  • Jarvie - Contact: lindafoster66@hotmail.com
  • Kimiwan-McLennan - Contact: outmag@telusplanet.net (Philippa O'Mahony)
  • Lac La Biche - Dec 19 - Contact: laclabichebirdingsociety@yahoo.ca (Jennifer Okrainec)
  • Opal - Contact: geraldjr@telusplanet.net (Gerald Romanchuk)
  • Peace River - Dec 18 - Contact: nlebedynski@gmail.com
  • Slave Lake - Dec 19 - Contact: executive.director@borealbirdcentre.ca (Patti Campsall)
  • Spirit River - Contact: LeathemJ@hotmail.com (Jason Leathem)
  • St. Paul

Greater Edmonton Region

  • Camrose - Dec 19 - Contact: glen.hvenegaard@ualberta.ca (Dr. Glen Hvenegaard)
  • Coyote Lake - Dec 18 - Contact: green.javan@gmail.com (Javan Green)
  • Devon-Calmar - Contact: zelicaon@telus.net (Doug Macaulay)
  • Dunstable - Contact: jaegergeorge@gmail.com
  • Edmonton - Dec 19
  • Elk Island NP - Dec 26 - Contact: sncam4@gmail.com (Norm Cameron)
  • Fort Saskatchewan - Dec 18 - Contact: ahughes49@hotmail.com (Art Hughes)
    • Fort Saskatchewan Naturalist Society
  • Leduc - Dec 19 - Contact: andytait@shaw.ca (Andrew Tait)
  • Millet-Wetaskiwin - Dec 19 - Contact: andytait@shaw.ca (Andrew Tait)
  • Opal - Contact: geraldjr@telusplanet.net (Gerald Romanchuk)
  • Pigeon Lake-Battle Lake - Dec 19 - Contact: andytait@shaw.ca (Andrew Tait)
  • St. Albert - Dec 26 - Contact: fox.james.ed@gmail.com (James Fox)
  • Stony Plain 
  • Strathcona - Contact: kgmyre@gmail.com
  • Tofield - Contact: sinclairinc@outlook.com (Joyce Kelly-Sinclair)
  • Wabamun Lake - Jan 2 - Contact: spechtal@gmail.com (Angela Specht)

Central Region

Greater Calgary Region

  • Calgary - Dec 19 - Contact: Matt at CityNatureYYC@gmail.com
  • Chestermere - Dec 19 - Contact: cassidyd@telus.net
  • Cochrane - Dec 18 - Contact: kirstenepearson@gmail.com (Kirsten Pearson)
  • Priddis - Contact: gmckinnonbird@gmail.com (Gavin McKinnon)

Southern Region

  • Castle Provincial Park
  • Crowsnest - Contact: cnpbirds@outlook.com
  • Dinosaur Provincial Park - Contact: jody.allair@gmail.com (Jody Allair)
  • Elkwater-Cypress Hills - Contact: chris.dodds@gov.ab.ca (Chris Dodds)
  • High River - Contact: peyto601@gmail.com (Greg Wagner)
  • Lethbridge - Dec 19 - Contact: korich@telusplanet.net
  • Manyberries - Contact: gardner@telusplanet.net (Rob Gardner)
  • Medicine Hat - Dec 19 - Contact: Marty Drut at the Police Point Park Nature Centre (marty.drut@natureline.info or 403-529-6225) before participating.
  • Milk River - Jan 1 - Contact: korich@telusplanet.net (Ken Orich)
  • Pincher Creek
  • Sheep River - Dec 27 - Contact: collistr@gmail.com (Douglas M. Collister)
  • Waterton Lakes NP - Dec 18 - Contact: dianne.pachal@pc.gc.ca (Diane Pachal)

If you have additional information to add for a count circle, please email Steph at info@naturealberta.ca to have it added/updated.

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