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 will be Saturday, December 15.

The 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.

To participate, download the 2018 INFO & DATA SHEET and contact the coordinator for your area (or the area you would like to count in if you live outside of the circle). The local coordinators lead efforts in different parts of the count circle. Field observers cover an assigned area, record species, numbers, and effort, and report this information to their area coordinator.

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Feeder watchers can also participate by counting the largest number of birds of each species seen at any one time at your feeders on count day.

During “count week” (three days before and after count day) additional species seen or heard within the count circle can be added to the final list of species observed.

Please plan to join us for the compilation potluck after the count, December 15, at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4448 Pike’s Landing Road, across from the Princess Hotel. The door will open at 4:00 pm. Arctic Audubon will provide baked ham and beverages.


Coming soon! The Fairbanks data archives