You can help wildlife conservation and enjoy a wildlife-viewing experience by participating in one or more annual Arizona Christmas Bird Counts in December and early January.
The count program is a bird population survey that has been coordinated annually by the National Audubon Society since 1900. Volunteers (including those from the Arizona Game and Fish Department) typically take to the field for one calendar day in late December or early January to record every bird species and every individual bird sighted within a designated 15-mile diameter area. There are numerous counting events scheduled in different parts of the state.
The data collected will be added to an extensive database that enables monitoring of winter bird populations across North America and helps in assessing the overall health of the environment.
Participants are typically assigned to teams based on their bird identification skill level and endurance. Many counts hold a compilation dinner at the end of the day where results are tabulated and stories shared.