2023 Washington State Christmas Bird Count Information.
Thanks go to Jim Danzenbaker for gathering Christmas Bird Count information statewide. Jim has volunteered to do this for six years.
If your Audubon chapter’s Christmas Bird Count is not listed here or needs to be edited, please send the information to the WOS webmaster webmaster AT wos.org and the information will be added or corrected.
For an article on “History of the Christmas Bird Count: How the count started and how the data is used today” go to https://www.audubon.org/conservation/history-christmas-bird-countNote: To prevent spamsters from scraping email addresses from this page, the “@” symbol in email addresses has been replaced with ” AT “.
Thursday, December 14
Contact Meredith Spencer, merdave AT homenetnw.net or 509-686-7551
Saturday, December 16
Admiralty Audubon (Port Townsend) CBC
The count is an all-day event open to anyone wishing to participate. Usually an excellent opportunity for novice birders to join with seasoned veterans and learn more about identifying and finding the local birds. Half-day participants and home feeder watchers are also welcome. We would like to particularly encourage anyone with feeders in the count circle who can spare at least one hour to watch their yard to participate.
Participants should bring cold and wet-weather gear, binoculars, a scope if you have one, lunch and snacks for the day. A notepad and pencil or electronic recording devices, field guides, camera and a thermos with something hot are always good ideas as well. For more information contact For more information contact Steve Hampton at stevechampton AT gmail.com
Camas Prairie/Trout Lake circle (WACT) (Glenwood and Trout Lake, WA) CBC
Those interested in participating please email Jim White at jwhite.mars AT gmail.com, or cell phone 509-961-2775. This circle is located in the Glenwood and Trout Lake valleys, north of White Salmon, not near Camas, WA.
Contact is Michael Woodruff at mkd.woodruff AT gmail.com or 509-496-7973.
Colville Christmas Bird Count
2023 Christmas Bird Count Count runs from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. Meet up at SuperOne Foods deli/lunch area at 1250 N Hwy 395, Colville, WA 99114
Contacts are Barbara Harding (stellerjay AT hotmail.com) and Dave Kreft (dkreft052 AT gmail.com or cell 509-675-9375).
Eastside Audubon Christmas Bird Count
The count will begin at 8 am. December 16. The count covers the area both west and east of Lake Sammamish including Marymoor Park south to east Bellevue and Issaquah and east to Redmond and Sammamish.
Participants should register online at www.eastsideaudubon.org beginning Nov. 10. If necessary, people can email Andy McCormick at andy_mcc AT hotmail.com
Edmonds / South Snohomish County CBC
Hosted by Pilchuck Audubon Society, the Edmonds CBC is centered near Martha Lake in Lynnwood and has 13 areas located in northern King, southern Snohomish and southeastern Island Counties. Those wishing to join a field team should contact the compiler via email to coordinate an area assignment.
Birders wishing to conduct feeder/yard counts also need to contact the compiler to determine their location within the CBC circle and to receive directions. We have openings for people to count the large movement of American Crows to their roost site in the late afternoon. Finally, we have openings for a couple of teams to survey owls. More information is available at https://www.pilchuckaudubon.org/christmas-bird-count
Compiler: Brian Zinke (director AT pilchuckaudubon.org, 425-232-6811).
Contact Gloria Baldi, gloriabaldi55 AT gmail.com for information about the count.
Kitsap Audubon Society’s “Kitsap Circle” CBC
Contact compiler Janine Schutt, at jeschutt AT hotmail.com. New this year: Kitsap Audubon is asking volunteers to sign an electronic liability waiver. Team leaders will email the document prior to the count date.
The 53rd consecutive (and 70th overall) Moscow-Pullman Christmas Bird Count will be Saturday, December 16. Birders interested in counting birds at their feeders or spending the day in the field are welcome: enthusiasm is desired more than expertise. Our count circle is divided into two halves.
Birders interested in participating on the Idaho side should contact Kas Dumroese (kas.birder at gmail.com).
Birders interested in participating on the Washington side should contact Marie Dymkoski (Marie-Dymkoski at msn.com) or Kelly Cassidy (highsteppe AT icloud.com).
A post-count-day social, hosted by Palouse Audubon and count organizers, is tentatively scheduled to follow at the Moscow Brewing Company. Donations are welcome to ensure future sustainability of this after-count event.
Please email Kas if you no longer want to receive emails about the Moscow-Pullman CBC. Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 13.
Oak Harbor CBC
Contact compiler Jay Adams at protectionisland8.9 AT gmail.com but please note that most of our teams are long-standing and are not open to additional participants.
San Juan Ferry CBC
Contact person is John Aspnes, 360-303-2675, jdaspnes AT alaska.edu
San Juan Islands CBC
Barbara Jensen, Coordinator, skylark AT rockisland.com All welcome.
Tahoma Audubon (TAS) CBC in Pierce County
We have eight different areas, ranging from urban to suburban, lakes and rivers to bays.
Contact Faye McAdams Hands at zest4parus AT hotmail.com to sign up.
The Twisp CBC offers a nice variety of Eastside birds and can be a great place for winter finches and Bohemian Waxwings. Some of the routes offer x-c ski birding (!). Please contact Peter Wimberger, phwimberger AT pugetsound.edu or Jen Fisher, jenwalsh1219 AT msn.com if interested.
Walla Walla CBC
Contact MerryLynn Denny at m.denny AT charter.net for information and to participate.
Sunday, December 17
The northernmost CBC on the Washington coast includes the neighborhoods, forests, and shorelines of Bellingham and has been running every year since 1967. Contact the compiler Alex Jeffers at Ajeffers AT northcascadesaudubon.org.
We typically have 110 to 130 species. Sometimes we have the most Lewis’s Woodpeckers of any CBC, and we are regularly the only count in Washington with Acorn Woodpeckers. Our 15-mile diameter count circle straddles the Columbia River between Mosier, OR and The Dalles, OR.
We organize about 10 sectors prior to the count, and each sector operates independently on count day.
Contact John Bishop at bishopj AT wsu.edu or at 360 546-9612.
Neah Bay CBCContact Charlie Wright at cwright770 AT gmail.com for more information about Washington’s most remote circle.
Birds Connect Seattle (formerly Seattle Audubon) will be conducting the Seattle count. Everyone is welcome to register as a participant in the Field Count, and anyone within the Seattle CBC circle is encouraged to participate in the At-Home Count. Registration closes on December 10. Details and registration information at https://birdsconnectsea.org/get-involved/community-science/cbc/
Contact: cbc AT birdsconnectsea.org
Monday, December 18
Cle Elum CBC
Contact Michael Hobbs at 425-301-1032 or at birdmarymoor AT gmail.com. We could really use a few more people on the count this year! The Cle Elum area is fascinating in winter; always different one year to the next.
The Sequim-Dungeness CBC includes a wonderful area from Diamond Point on the east to MacDonald Creek on the west, and from Dungeness Spit on the north to the Olympic foothills on the south.
Please contact the compiler, Bob Boekelheide at bboek AT olympus.net for more information or to participate.
Tuesday, December 19
This will be the 23rd annual Christmas Bird Count for Leavenworth. Compiler is Tucker Jonas at tjonas AT wenatcheeriverinstitute.orgAll are welcome to join. This year’s CBC will be hosted by the Wenatchee River Institute. Reach out to Tucker via email if you’d like to participate.
Saturday, December 23
Lewis County CBC
Interested participants can contact Allison Anholt at allison.anholt AT gmail.com or via call/text at 609-751-7972.
Thursday, December 28
Chelan CBCPrevious participants will receive notice from the coordinator, Amy Pavelcheck; new people wishing to participate should contact the coordinator after (not before) November 16 by email at pavelchekamy AT yahoo.com.
Wahkiakum County CBC
To participate, contact compiler Andrew Emlen at emlenandrew AT gmail.com.
Saturday, December 30
This a fun count with quite a bit of elevation range. It ranges from the Colville River Valley to the 49 Degrees North ski area. About a third of the circle is Colville National Forest and about half is agricultural lands. This makes for some great variety. If you are interested, please contact Mike Munts strixnebulosa1987 AT gmail.com
Cowlitz – Columbia CBCOur count is centered just south of Rainier, OR in the Columbia River and includes the cities of Longview, Kelso, Rainier, and the old Trojan Nuclear Power Plant. We will have eight or nine areas within the circle that will be counted. We would love to have some new people participate. Contact Becky Kent 360-560-0001 or beckykt AT comcast.net.
Kitsap Audubon’s North Kitsap/Port Gamble CBCKitsap Audubon’s North Kitsap/Port Gamble CBC will be held on Saturday, December 30. Interested volunteers can contact Jennifer Standish at magma1306 AT gmail.com or visit https://www.kitsapaudubon.org/christmas-bird-count for more information. Please sign up before December 23.
Please contact Matt Danielson at: 509-846-3392, mattie_rubio AT hotmail.com.
Padilla Bay CBC
Skagit Audubon Society will again be organizing the Padilla Bay CBC. Contact Tim Manns, Conservation Chair, Skagit Audubon Society, at conservation AT skagitaudubon.org or 360-333-8985.
Port Angeles CBC (WAPA)
We welcome new participants. Please contact Barbara Blackie, the compiler, by email blackieb AT olypen.com (preferred) or by phone (360.477.8028) ahead of time to arrange where to go. We arrange coverage ahead of time and so do not meet as one group until the end of the day. The post birding tally location is still to be determined but we hope to gather this year after the day’s count.
Contact compiler Alan McCoy at ahm2352 AT gmail.com or 509-999-9512
Everyone is welcome to participate in the TriCities CBC. If you live within the count circle, you are encouraged to count birds at your feeders. We have divided the count circle into three sections. Lisa Hill (509-869-6715) is leading the Richland Team, Rich Barchet (509-430-0053) is leading the Kennewick Team, and Dana Ward (509-545-0627) is leading the Pasco Team.
Bill LaFramboise (509-531-3768) is the overall compiler (email billnan321 AT gmail.com). Please coordinate your efforts with one of the team leads to prevent overlap within the area or contact any one of us if you have questions about participating.
This count covers the greater Yakima area and includes both walking and driving routes. Volunteers may join an established route leader or sign up to count birds at their feeders if you live in the greater Yakima area.
Volunteers wishing to join a route should contact the compiler, Scott Downes at downess AT charter.net. If you live in the count area and wish to count your feeders, please also contact Scott at the email above.It can be cold, so be sure to bring plenty of layers! Make sure to also bring lunch; a hot beverage is always nice too. The count is always a ton of fun, as we typically see a lot of birds and spend the day in some great birding areas.
Sunday, December 31
Contact compiler Liam Hutcheson at liamhutcheson2020 AT gmail.com.
If you wish to count on the Oregon side of the circle, please contact Karen Bachman at pppahooie AT comcast.net or call/text to 971-207-7754.
If you wish to count on the Washington side of the circle, please contact Susan Setterberg at smsetterberg AT yahoo.com or call/text to 856 701 2542.
Early notification of interest is appreciated. If you have counted before and have a location preference or a list of people to be part of your count team, just let us know. We will send out detailed instructions and assignments in early December.
Everyone is welcome, no matter your experience or the amount of time you have to count on the 31st. Feeder watchers within the circle boundaries are invited to join the count. For information about the count, go to this webpage: Christmas Bird Count
Vashon CBCWe are looking for a few experienced birders to lead teams on Vashon where past route leaders are unavailable or have retired from the survey. Please contact Ezra Parker at ezra AT cfgrok.com or 206-463-0383 for more information, or to sign up to participate in the count.
Contact Daniel Stephens at dstephens AT wvc.edu to sign up.
Monday, January 1
Hosted by Pilchuck Audubon Society, the Everett-Marysville circle includes the areas of: Marysville, northern Everett, Tulalip Reservation, Smokey Point, Hat Island, southern tip of Camano Island, and portions of Arlington and Lake Stevens.
Those wishing to join a field team should contact the compiler to coordinate an area assignment. Birders wishing to conduct feeder/yard counts also need to contact the compiler to determine their location within the CBC circle and to receive directions. For more information, visit https://www.pilchuckaudubon.org/christmas-bird-count
Compiler: Scott Atkinson can be reached at cbc.waev AT pilchuckaudubon.org or 425-210-2716
The Goldendale area offers an enjoyable mix of eastside birding, with extensive grasslands and ag fields, Ponderosa Pine forest, and the Columbia River. Contact Samuel if interested in participating. sam4cb AT embarqmail.com
Grays Harbor CBCIf you would like to start off the New Year with a day of FOY birds, come join us for the Grays Harbor CBC! Please contact me, Dianna Moore, for more information. Cell: 360-590-1395; E-mail: osdlm1945 AT gmail.com
Skagit Bay CBC
The count circle is centered near the Wylie Slough refuge and includes Fir Island, Stanwood, the north end of Camano Island and the SE tip of Whidbey Island. This year, we will continue with a Covid-avoidance policy, with small groups and no formal compilation gathering.
Contact is Scott Ramos, nearpost AT gmail.com.
No 2023 information as yet
- Kent-Auburn Valley CBC
CBCs not happening this year
- Toppenish CBC