What we Do

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
— William James
Counting birds for science

Why count birds? Birds are bellwethers of climate change and the earth’s overall health.


Counting birds first began in 1900 when U.S. ornithologist Frank M. Chapman first proposed replacing the traditional Christmas “Side Hunt,” a contest in which participants competed to kill and bring back the most birds and small wildlife, with a more conservation-minded activity. Thanks to Chapman, the annual Christmas Bird Count has been going strong for over a century and has led to a host of other organized count activities that help provide a real-time snap shot of the distribution and numbers of bird populations across North America and the world.

Why count birds?

Information gathered during these bird counts, provides critical data to researchers as they investigate factors that affect bird populations over a long period of time at specific times during the year. Comparing bird counts, photographs and other data on an annual basis provides insight into species’ health, how disease is spread, changing trends in migration and distribution, and much more. The long term perspective is vital for conservationists. It informs strategies to protect birds and their habitat, and helps identify environmental issues with implications for people as well, including indicators and implications of climate change.

San miguel bird counts

Audubon de Mexico organizes two bird count events each year. More details will be forthcoming as we get closer to the date, but we hope you will join us as we count birds by land and water as a group or count birds in your own garden or neighborhood.

Mark your calendars:

Christmas Bird Count –
December 16, 2018

Backyard Bird Count –
February 15-18, 2019

Counting birds any time

If you are a bird enthusiast and are confident in your bird identification skills, you can contribute invaluable information to science
by reporting your bird sightings on ebird.

To learn more about ebird and how to submit your sightings and set up your personal ebird account click on this link:
Getting started with ebird

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