Calling All Birders for the Christmas Bird Count!

photo: National Audubon Society

This is the 117th year of the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, which was originally conceived as a conservation-minded alternative to a 19th-century holiday tradition known as the Christmas “Side Hunt.” Now it’s the longest-running citizen science project in the world, with more than 50,000 observers in 17 different countries. This year, the Christmas Bird Count will be held in Hancock, Peterborough, and surrounding towns on Saturday, December 17 and in Keene and environs on Sunday, December 18. The Harriers Young Birder’s Club is also organizing a count circle for kids and families as part of the Hancock count on December 17.

New to the Christmas Bird Count? You can expect a fun day in the field, enjoying the camaraderie of fellow birders and learning about birding and citizen science. You can also expect to feel good knowing that your observations — when combined with thousands of other counts from across the country — provide important information about the long-term status of North American bird populations, and help to inform bird conservation efforts.

If you live in Hancock, Peterborough or surrounding towns and would like to participate in the Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 17, call Dave Rowell at (603) 924-8790.

If you live in or near Keene and you’d like to join the fun on Sunday, December 18, please contact Phil Brown at or (603) 224-9909 x334.

If you’d like to join the Young Birders Club team on Saturday, December 17, please contact The Harriers at