Since the Christmas Bird Count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteer citizen scientists. We volunteers have replaced the hunters of old. We count birds and invite you to join us.
Two Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) are held in York County each December. The York County CBC (from Fort Foster to Moody Beach) is held on the first Monday of the count period and the Biddeford-Kennebunkport CBC (from Parsons Beach to the Cascades) is held at the end of the month.
Every CBC covers a circular area with a 15-mile diameter. Teams of birders search sections of the count circle, tallying the total number of species and individuals they find.
Beginning birders are welcome. Want to help? You can join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher. We have lots of fun in the field during the day, followed by a gathering of the team members at the compilation where we tally the species seen in the count circle, swap exciting stories from the day’s hunt, and enjoy our supper.
If your home is within a CBC circle, you can also join in by counting the birds that visit your feeders.
New in 2012: The CBC no longer requires a participation fee!