Annual Christmas Bird Count
Why Count Birds?
As the holiday season approaches, volunteers across the country will celebrate the gift of natural wonder by taking part in the Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Administered by the National Audubon Society, the event is the longest running Citizen Science survey in the world. For many, counting winter birds has become a family tradition. Holiday spirit and love of birds has compelled generations - and now invites us- to don the cap of citizen scientist and contribute to conservation.
The CBC aligns with Bryce Canyon National Park's efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change. Jon Jarvis, former National Park Service Director, said, "I think that climate change is the greatest threat to the integrity of the National Park System that we have ever faced."
Both park visitors and rangers contribute to a scientific record of the park's winter bird populations by participating in the count. Every year, the count takes place within a 15-mile diameter circle surrounding the park area. A general summary of CBC statistics is given in the table below, and more detailed reports are accessed at the Audubon website (Bryce Canyon's Count Code is UTBC).
Last updated: November 29, 2023