Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society (DOAS)

Established in 1968 – A Chapter of the National Audubon Society since 1970


Bird Counts

Blackburnian Warbler, Drawing by Dave Kiehm
Blackburnian Warbler, Drawing by Dave Kiehm

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 or 607-287-4465.   People who have participated before will be contacted.

View Map for the Oneonta Christmas Bird Count

View the Oneonta Area Summary Report: December 2018


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: 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: or (607) 829-6545.

January 2019 Count Data

View Data from past Christmas Bird Counts

Find a Bird Count Near You at the Audubon Map

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.

Waterfowl Count

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,

 2017 Waterfowl Count Results

Other Citizen Science Surveys

We also encourage members to participate in other Citizen Science Projects including:

Click here to download the DOAS Bird Checklist

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Why Birds Matter...


We envision a healthy world where people and wildlife thrive and natural resources are protected.
The mission of Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society is to protect our natural environment and connect people with nature
 to benefit birds and other wildlife through conservation, education, research and advocacy.

Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society
P.O. Box 544
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 397-3815

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