Citizen Science Bird Count

Engage in a civic science activity and join thousands of Americans who will conduct the annual bird census across the country. The 113th annual Christmas Bird Count, a three-week census of birds found across the United States, begins on December 14 and concludes January 5. Participants spend a day counting all the birds they see within a designated area. Some people go outside to do this, while others, who live within designated areas, can track birds visiting feeders in their yards. The Audubon Society and other organizations use data collected in this census to assess the health of bird populations—and to help guide conservation action.  

Get your class excited about our feathery friends with related Science NetLinks resources. Learn about patterns in bird populations, the connection between birds and their enviroment, changes in bird beaks, and the evolution of feathers. Explore the human impact on Burrowing Owls and Passenger Pigeons. Listen to podcasts about the dangers of birds and windowsproblematic nestmates,  feather forensics, and the link between climate and bird songs. Read about the diversity of eggs and solve the big egg mystery.

If you’re looking for more ideas on how kids can participate in real science research, check out this Thinkfinity discussion on citizen science.

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