The Great Backyard Bird Count - February 16 - 19th, 2019

The Great Backyard Bird Count (, February 16 - 19, is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world. Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. Last year, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.

Bird populations are always shifting and changing. For example, 2014 GBBC data highlighted a large irruption of Snowy Owls across the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and Great Lakes areas of the United States. The data also showed the effects that warm weather patterns have had on bird movement around the country.

History of the Christmas Bird Count

From the National Audubon Website: How the count started, and how the data is used today.

Prior to the turn of the 20th century, hunters engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas "Side Hunt." They would choose sides and go afield with their guns—whoever brought in the biggest pile of feathered (and furred) quarry won.

Conservation was in its beginning stages in that era, and many observers and scientists were becoming concerned about declining bird populations. Beginning on Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank M. Chapman, an early officer in the then-nascent Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition—a "Christmas Bird Census" that would count birds during the holidays rather than hunt them.

Image from National Audubon  GIS Map Viewer

Image from National Audubon GIS Map Viewer

GIS Map of Existing Counting Circles

This map displays all active circles expected to occur during Audubon’s 119th Christmas Bird Count. You can zoom in to a specific location, and click on the circle to find the upcoming date and contact information for the compiler, or coordinator of that circle.

Christmas Bird Count Results

This is the main page from which you can explore Christmas Bird Count results.

The information displayed here is a brief summary of the Christmas Bird Count results from the current season.

To begin viewing CBC data, hover your cursor over the "Current Year" or "Historical" headings at the top of the page. Each section will allow you to select "Results by Count" or "Results by Species" which you can view by clicking on the appropriate listing.

Kitsap Audubon’s Data can be found by searching:

  1. United States/ Washington/ Kitsap County

  2. United States/Washington/Port Gamble

Data can be searched by year and by count and species.

Data can be searched by year and by count and species.

KAS practice event in December 2018

KAS practice event in December 2018

Kitsap Audubon ChristMas Bird count Info for 2019

This was the 119th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count., with some 2,500 count circles involving close to 70,000 volunteers. Kitsap Audubon has been conducting annual CBCs for 45 years. Last December, we had more than a hundred volunteers counting birds in 15 field teams. The data is used by wildlife scientists to monitor trends and gauge the effects of climate change on shrinking winter ranges

Expanded CBC roles for Janine Schutt and Jennifer Standish

Janine Schutt and Jennifer Standish have assumed the additional responsibilities of organizing our annual Christmas Bird Counts, in addition to compiling the results. Janine became compiler for our traditional CBC several years ago. Jennifer was appointed compiler for the new North Kitsap CBC, now in its second year.

Both will now have full responsibility for organizing and managing these two CBCs, including guiding and directing more than a hundred volunteers in 16 field teams, and those counting birds the same day in their own backyards.

Kitsap Audubon has been conducting annual Christmas Bird Counts since 1973, and just completed its 45th CBC. Gene Bullock has been organizing and promoting Kitsap Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Counts for 15 years. Kitsap Audubon is blessed with outstanding CBC field team leaders. A number of them have been leading CB C field teams in Kitsap County for 15 to 20 years or more.