The annual Christmas Bird Count is a worldwide citizen science project now in its 114th year. Each "count circle" has one scheduled date for the annual bird census, with dates stretching from December 14 to January 5. It is free to participate in the count, and birders may participate in as many different count days as they wish – but you have to know when they are!
In Utah County, there are two local counts scheduled this year:
- Provo: December 21
- Payson: January 4
There are numerous other counts throughout Utah, however, many of which are easy for Utah County birders to reach for a full day of seasonal birding.
- Logan: December 14
- Ogden: December 14
- Salt Lake City: December 14
- Cedar City: December 17
- Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge: December 18
- Park City: December 21
- Morgan: December 23
- St. George: December 26
- Antelope Island State Park: January 1
- Fish Spring National Wildlife Refuge: January 4
- Heber Valley: January 4
If you are interested in participating in a Christmas Bird Count, see the complete Utah list with contact information and contact the individual count compilers for the event you prefer. They will have details for meeting places and other essential information, including how sightings will be shared at the end of the day – many organizations schedule potluck meals or group dinners to compare the day's experiences (fees may apply for those extra events, but not for joining the count itself).
Do you have tips for participating in a Christmas Bird Count? Share your insights in the comments!