Fairbanks Christmas Bird Count

Image provided by Ken Whitten,    Wildlife & Wood,    Fairbanks, Alaska

Image provided by Ken Whitten, Wildlife & Wood, Fairbanks, Alaska

57 years and counting!

The Fairbanks Christmas Bird Count is part of the Annual Christmas Bird Count, a nation-wide winter tradition organized by the National Audubon Society throughout the American hemisphere. For more than a century this citizen-based conservation effort has resulted in a huge and valuable database for understanding bird population dynamics. This information is used to develop conservation strategies for birds and their habitats and to evaluate climate change.

Each count is run in the same way each year. The same size circle defines the count area and the same time period is used. The effort made to find birds is recorded as well as the collected data, the weather, and habitat conditions. The database is available for anyone to view and/or use. For more information visit the National Audubon Christmas Bird Count web page.


The 2018 Fairbanks Christmas Bird Count WAS HELD Saturday, December 15.

Each count lasts 24 hours and covers a 177 square mile circle, 15 miles in diameter, and centered on the intersection of Dalton Trail and Yankovich Road. The circle includes the top of Ester Dome, parts of the Chena and Tanana Rivers, the dump, and plenty of typical Interior habitat. The object of the count is to cover as much of the circle as possible while identifying and counting birds without duplication. Since our daylight hours are limited, we need many volunteers willing to cover assigned areas.

Stay tuned to learn how to participate in the 2019 count. In the meantime, you can check out the 2018 INFO & DATA SHEET and the results from the 2018 Fairbanks count.

Contact Arctic Audubon Society with any questions, or if you are interested in becoming a field observer, local coordinator, or assisting with compilation efforts.