Christmas Bird Counts
Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society coordinates THREE regions for the annual National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count – Oneonta Region in Otsego County, Fort Plain Region in Montgomery County, and Delaware County Region. These counts take place in late December and early January each year (the Fort Plain CBC is typically held on the Saturday following Christmas).
*As of 2012, there is no longer any fee to participate in Christmas Bird Counts.
Updated October 2018
2018: Saturday, December 15 – Oneonta Christmas Bird Count (CBC):
This is our 50th year of participating in the national count. Everyone, novice or experienced, is welcome to join us on this fun day. Small groups in one or two cars count all the birds they find in their assigned area, within our designated 15-mile radius circle centered around Milford, for whatever hours they choose.
Each group has a leader who will have received appropriate materials beforehand. Alternatively, instead of joining a group, you can count birds at your own feeder off and on throughout the day if you are within our circle. If you are a new counter for either the group counts or the feeder counts, please contact Sandy Bright at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-287-4465. People who have participated before will be contacted.
2018: Saturday, December 29 – Fort Plain Christmas Bird Count (CBC):
All are welcome to participate regardless of birding experience. There will be a potluck after the count. For information contact Bob Donnelly: email@example.com or 607-264-8156.
View Maps for the Fort Plain Christmas Bird Count.
2019: Saturday, January 5 – Delaware County Region Christmas Bird Count (CBC):
All are invited to participate. Contact Pam Peters if you can drive or count: firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 829-6545.
The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the US, Canada and many countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out over a 24 hour period on one calendar day to count birds.
Winter Waterfowl Count
DOAS also oversees participation in the New York State Ornithological Association Winter Waterfowl Count in our region. To help with this survey, please contact DOAS Board Member, Andy Mason.
The NY State Ornithological Association’s annual statewide waterfowl count. DOAS covers Otsego Lake and the Susquehanna River above Unadilla, the Unadilla River, and Cannonsville Reservoir and the W. Branch of the Delaware River. This effort involves surveying waterways where they can be seen, and identifying and counting ducks and geese. The totals are used by the Department of Environmental Conservation in managing these species over the upcoming year.
Anyone interested in helping with the census, please contact Andy Mason, (607) 652-2162, AndyMason@earthling.net.
Other Citizen Science Surveys
We also encourage members to participate in other Citizen Science Projects including:
- Project Feederwatch (through Cornell Lab of Ornithology with a small fee),
- The Great Backyard Bird Count (a collaborative project that runs for a weekend each February).
- May Big Day Bird Count (To register a team through DOAS, contact DOAS Board Member, Bob Donnelly.)