The 117th Christmas Bird Count will take place from December 14, 2016 through January 5, 2017.
From December 14 through January 5 tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.
Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.
From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Count does it for love of birds and the excitement of friendly competition -- and with the knowledge that their efforts are making a difference for science and bird conservation.
To learn more about one of the 2 counts listed below, contact one of the CBC compilers via our contact form here, or send an email to Please indicate which circle you are interested in.

Joliet Circle


Morris-Wilmington Circle

When: Saturday Dec 17, 2016

When: Sunday Jan 1, 2017
Contact: Greg Bluhm

Contact: Bill Morris


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