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A Smaller (but No Less Robust) Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Kaitlyn Parkins | Feb 5, 2022
The 121st Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), a single-day bird census held at thousands of locations across the Western Hemisphere, looked quite different in 2020. To keep everyone safe, National Audubon supported compilers who chose to cancel their counts due to the coronavirus pandemic and provided guidance to those who decided to proceed. In lieu of hosting our large CBC events, our 2020 count involved a smaller number of seasoned volunteers who collected data while wearing masks and remaining socially distanced. While we missed seeing volunteers and enjoying hot soup at the Arsenal after a cold morning of birding, our count’s data did not suffer from the restrictions.

Commitment to Safe, Accessible, and Inclusive Birding

In light of recent allegations of criminal and abusive behavior experienced by women birders in other parts of the country, NYC Bird Alliance stands committed to continuing our work to expand accessible and inclusive birding, and to share the magic of birds and nature as widely as possible.