Between December 14th and January 5th, hawk-eyed volunteers across the country brave various weather conditions to count birds during the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) each year.
Birders and nature enthusiasts in Indiana take part in this tradition, many rising before dawn to participate in the longest running wildlife census on the planet. Each year, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count mobilizes over 70,000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2,400 locations across the Western Hemisphere. The Audubon Christmas Bird Count utilizes the power of volunteers to track the health of bird populations at a scale that professional scientists could never accomplish alone.
Data compiled in Indiana will record every individual bird and bird species seen in a specified area, contributing to a vast citizen science network that continues a tradition stretching back more than 100 years. IAS will be helping to provide information on the various counts and produce a summary of all counts. Data does not need to be submitted to IAS again in 2020. lessening the burden on count compilers. For your data to go into the larger database of CBC data, your circle needs to be an officially sanctioned National Audubon count.
NATIONAL AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT DATES
Ensure your preferred count has been updated for 2021. For counts with no dates, contact the compiler for updated information. Compilers should submit their info here by November 15 each year.
|Big Oaks NWR||Dec 18||Joe Robb||The Big Oaks NWR count will be held on Saturday, December 18, 2021. Volunteers may sign up to count birds for a half-day (until noon, or noon to sunset) or all day. We will meet at 8:00 am at the Big Oaks NWR office. The Big Oaks Conservation Society, a not-for-profit refuge support group, will provide lunch for volunteers at the refuge office. If you are interested in participating in the Big Oaks NWR count, preregister with the refuge at 812-273-0783. Weather for the Christmas bird count can be variable, but warm and/or waterproof clothing is recommended. Updated for 2021.|
|Bremen||Dec 18||Leland Shaum||Field and feeder counters welcome. Anyone wishing to participate should contact Neal Miller at 574-248-1428 and leave a message. Many participants are Amish and will be bicycling or walking areas, so there is a special need for those who can drive a route. There will be no compilation supper. Updated for 2021.|
|Brown County||Dec 12||Patrick Haulter||Note: this is an unsanctioned CBC date. On December 12th, 2020 Brown County State Park will take part in an unofficial Christmas Bird Count. We will meet at the Nature Center at 11am and head out around the center to count birds. We will identify the species we are look at, as well as how may of that species. This program will last a couple hours but you may come and go as you please. We will hike around about a half a mile or so just looking for birds along the roadways and around the Nature Center. This program is limited to 25 people and will be first come first serve. Contact Patrick Haulter for more info. Updated for 2019.|
|Eagle Valley||Dec. 19||Will Schaust||
The Eagle Creek Valley Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by Amos Butler Audubon, takes place within a 15-mile-diameter circle covering the northwest side of Indianapolis, with the center being in Eagle Creek Park. We will bird from 8am-1pm.
Plan to meet at the Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center (6515 Delong Road, Indianapolis, IN 46278) to pick up an information packet for your assigned area before heading out to bird. The Ornithology Center will open at 8 a.m. A pitch-in lunch for all participants will be held at the Ornithology Center at noon to tally our bird count and to reorganize groups to head back outside to cover additional areas if needed.
To participate in the Eagle Creek Valley Christmas Bird Count, please register prior to December 9th so that birding teams can be formed and count plans made in advance. Reserve your spot by contacting Will Schaust at (317) 327-2473 or emailing him at [email protected], Updated for 2021.
|Elkhart Co.||Jan 1||Ronda DeCaire||
Field Counters: Field Observers will be pre-assigned an area to count within a designated part of Elkhart County. Driving and walking areas will be available and maps and lists will be sent electronically. Birders should only travel by car with those from a family unit. Those gathering from outside a family unit to hike a park will be required to wear masks. Feeder/Yard Counters: Observers who live within the count circle may collect data from their own property. There will be no in-person compilation gatherings as requested by the National Audubon Society.
Please contact Ronda DeCaire with the Elkhart County Parks at 574-535-6458 or e-mail [email protected] to register a name, address, phone number and e-mail to receive further directions for the Elkhart County Christmas Bird Count. Updated for 2021.
|Fort Wayne||Dec 18||Margit Codispoti and Eric Helfrich||The Fort Wayne Count will be held Saturday, December 18. The count covers a 15-mile diameter circle in northern Allen and southern DeKalb Counties. Field observers for all day or half day are welcome as are feeder watchers within the circle area. If you plan to join in the count as a field observer or feeder watcher, or if you would like further information, please contact the compilers, Margit Codispoti for further instruction.
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|Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site||Dec 17||Tiffany Parker||The GSP circle covers a large section of Noble County including Bixler Lake, several ACRES properties, Sylvan Lake and even a bit of Chain O’Lakes SP. Please register by 12/14 by contacting Tiffany Parker at [email protected] for more information and for your designated birding location. It’s always fun to pre-scout to get to know the lay of the land and what birds you might see that day. We will be gathering for lunch and a count update at 12:00 at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site. Groups are welcome to bird together by foot but should follow social distancing practices and carpool separately to each location. Updated for 2021.|
|Goose Pond||Dec 15||Jim Brown||For this year, 2021, please contact Jim Brown ([email protected]) for further information.. No post count compilation meeting. Updated for 2021.|
|Hamilton County||Dec 28||Amanda Smith||120th Annual Christmas Bird Count -Hamilton County – Celebrate the holidays by helping our department and the National Audubon Society conduct its annual Christmas Bird Count. Join us for a day of hiking and birding! Lunch for participants will be provided by the Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department. Call the Cool Creek Nature Center at 317-774-2500 to pre-register or to receive more details. Time: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm; Ages: Adults and older children; Location: CCNC and county-wide; Pre-registration: Required. Register by calling 317-774-2500 or emailing [email protected]. Updated for 2019.|
|Hancock County||Dec 19||Adam Wilson||
Participants will meet at Jack’s Donuts on Highway 9 in Greenfield at 6:45 AM to start the day. If interested in participating, please contact Adam via the Greenfield Birders Facebook page, or via email at [email protected] for more information. Updated for 2021.
|Hanover – Madison||Jan 1||Dick Davis||
Hanover~Madison CBC will meet Saturday January 1, 2022 at Clifty Inn in Clifty Falls State Park just west of Madison, Indiana on SR56. Field participants may alternatively meet in field at locations determined by team leaders. Feeder observers need only pre-register. There is no fee for either the count or park admission. Participants are expected to follow proper Covid-19 protocol. To register contact Dick Davis at either 317-966-6643 or [email protected]. Updated for 2021.
|Huntington County||No info available|
|Indiana Dunes (East)||Dec 18||Brad Bumgardner||Teams meet on their own at pre-assigned areas. Contact Brad at [email protected] Indiana Dunes Visitor Center conference room offered for brown bag lunch to share sightings. Deadline to register is Dec. 12. Updated for 2021.|
|Indiana Dunes West||Dec 29||Christine Gerlach||Sign up deadline through email or phone call to coordinator is December 23rd. [email protected] (219) 395-1885. Updated for 2021.|
|Indianapolis-Northeast||Dec 18||John Schaust||Pre-registered participants will be assigned to a location. Register to participate by emailing John Schaust at [email protected]
The Indianapolis CBC, sponsored by the Amos Butler Audubon Society, takes place within a 15-mile-diameter circle covering the northeast side of Indianapolis, with the center point being in Fort Harrison State Park. To participate, please register by December 11 so that birding team assignments can be made in advance of count day. Updated for 2021.
|Jamestown||Dec 18||Roger Hedge||
The Jamestown Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will be held on Saturday, December 18. If interested meet at McCloud Nature Park, located southwest of North Salem in Hendricks County, at 8:30 am. A link with a map to the park is at http://www.
Updated for 2021.
|Johnson County (Atterbury)||Dec 19||Mike Clay||Meet at 7:45 at Johnson Co. park, google maps: Johnson County Park amphitheater. It actually shows up on a GPS as Johnson County Park Amphitheater. Call Mike at 317-682-8884 or [email protected]. Updated for 2021.|
|Knox County||Jan. 2||Gary Bowman||Start your new year with a CBC. All participants are welcome. Please contact Gary Bowman at [email protected] for team assignment or for more details. Teams have their own meeting times and locations. Feeder observers are welcome. Please contact me for instructions if you have not done this before. Updated for 2021.|
|Lafayette||Dec 19||Ed Hopkins||Because of Covid-19 there will be no planning or post-count meetings. To participate, contact Ed Hopkins. Call: 1.765.714.9913 or Email: [email protected]. Updated for 2020.|
|Lake Monroe||Dec 19||Jim & Susan Hengeveld||Contact Jim Hengeveld ([email protected]), telephone 812-345-3280, if you would like to participate. We will have multiple groups participating as usual, but individuals/family groups/“bubble” groups will be operating independently within each group. Updated for 2020.|
|Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary||No count in 2021.|
|McCormick’s Creek||Sandy Belth||For more information and to be placed on a team, please email Sandy Belth at [email protected], or Jeffrey Belth at [email protected] or call (812) 825-8353. Start times and meeting locations for the various teams will be given out closer to count time. Updated on December 12, 2017.|
|Muncie (Delaware Co)||Dec 19||Jim Schowe||Join members of Robert Cooper Audubon Society (http://cooperaudubon.org) for the 2021 Christmas Bird Count in Delaware County on Sunday, December 19. Those counting by car will meet at 8:45 am in the parking lot of the Charles W. Brown Planetarium on the Ball State University campus. Those counting from home or from a stationary blind or bird feeding station are also welcome to participate. To join, please contact Jim Schowe at [email protected]. Updated for 2021.|
|Muscatatuck N. W. R.||Jan 1||Donna Stanley||Muscatatuck will have their Christmas Bird Count at 7:30 am Jan. 1. The group will gather outside the Visitor Center but he building and restrooms will probably be closed. For information contact [email protected] Updated for 2021.|
Covers West Union Bald Eagle roost, Newport Chemical Depot, Cayuga Power Plant, and Wabash River bottoms. Interested parties can contact Alan Bruner at: [email protected] 765-562-2741 (cell). Updated last in 2017.
|Northeast LaPorte County||Dennis Richardson||The Northeast LaPorte County Christmas Bird Count will be held on Monday, December 16. If you would like to participate call Dennis Richardson at 219-379-4791 for details. Updated for 2019.|
|North Liberty||Steve Sass||The North Liberty count, including Potato Creek State Park will take place on December 31. For more information or to participate, contact compiler, Steve Sass at [email protected]. Updated last in 2017.|
|Oakland City||Dec. 29||Heath Hamilton||This CBC includes some of the most diverse habitat in the Midwest and encompasses Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge, Sugar Ridge Fish and Wildlife Area, and thousands of acres of reclaimed mine land grasslands. Please contact Heath Hamilton if you would like to volunteer. Contact info: [email protected] . Updated for 2021.|
|Patoka Lake||Dec 15||Dana Reckelhoff||The Patoka Lake CBC will be held Tuesday, December 15. For more information or to register, contact Dana at [email protected] Updated for 2020.|
|Pigeon River||Dec 19||Dave Messmann||The Pigeon River Christmas Bird Count will take place on Sunday, December 19, 2021. If interested in participating, please contact Dave at [email protected] and 260-602-2601. Because hunting season will still be in progress, all participants are strongly advised to wear something that is hunter orange in color. Updated for 2021.|
|Pike County||Dec. 27||Jeremy Ross||Contact Jeremy Ross, [email protected] or 812-569-4009. The count area is centered on Alford and covers Petersburg and Winslow as well as parts of Knox and Daviess counties. Habitats included in the area consist of reclaimed mine ground, ag fields, bottomland forests, mixed forests and wild areas along with rural, suburban and small towns. Updated for 2021.|
The 42 nd Annual Pokagon Christmas Bird Count will be held on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. Continuing with Covid-19 precautions, the count will be conducted as it was last year. Participants will NOT gather at the Pokagon State Park to divide into teams and head into the field, as done in the past.
Prior registration is required. To do so, contact count compiler Fred Wooley at 260-243-0513 (cell) or E-
|Putnam County||Dec 19||Carl Huffman||Because of Covid-19 there will be no group meetings before or after the count. All teams in the field will use masks and practice social distancing. There will be no carpooling. Only members of a family unit or social pod unit can be in the same car. If you want to participate please contact Carl Huffman at 765 721-1628 or [email protected]). Updated for 2020.|
|Randolph Co.||Connie Howell||Contact Connie Howell at [email protected] for information about participating. Updated last in 2017,|
|Richmond||Dec 18||Bill Buskirk||Contact Bill (at [email protected] or 765-
|Sand Ridge||Dec 18||John Elliott||Bi-state count covering the Lake Calumet area in Cook County, Illinois and Lake Michigan areas in Lake County, Indiana. Contact compiler to update information or to join the count as a new participant. Email at: [email protected]
Updated for 2021.
|Southern Adams/Northern Jay/Ouabache SP||Jan 1||Terri Gorney||SANJO is Southern Adams Northern Jay Ouabache SP. State park and the Limberlost Territories, and includes the Loblolly Marsh, Limberlost Swamp Wetland Preserve, Ouabache State Park, Munro Nature Preserve, Wabash River, Limberlost Creek, Loblolly Creek, Music of the Wild Nature Preserve, Limberlost Bird Sanctuary, Rainbow Bottom, Rainbow Lake, Lake of the Woods, old stone quarry, old gravel pit Fields Park, and Amish farms.
|South Bend||Dec 18||Kristen Sweinhart||Join the 78th consecutive CBC for the South Bend circle. Field and feeder counters welcome. Visit www.sbeaudubon.org for more information or to sign up to participate.
We will follow the Covid-19 guidelines set forth by the NAS to include:
1. Properly worn masks (covers mouth and nose) are required in the field if social distancing is not possible.
2. Carpooling may only occur within existing familiar or social “pod” groups.
Contact Kristen Sweinhart at [email protected]
|South Lake County||Jan 1||Matt Kalwasinski||The South Lake County count is held on January 1, 2022. Contact Matt at [email protected] if you’re interested in participating. Updated for 2021.|
|Spring Mill||Dec 19||John Castrale||Contact John at [email protected] or 812-508-2849. if you need additional information or want to sign up for the count. COVID safety procedures will be followed by all participants. Updated for 2021.|
|Sullivan County||Dec 22||Michael Brown||Contact [email protected] if interested in attending. We usually go to territories. Due to COVID-19, there will be no lunch or evening meeting, instead participants call or email reports to Michael Brown – 812-299-2137. Leave message. Updated for 2021.|
|SW Allen County||Jan 1||Cynthia Powers||Please contact the compiler ([email protected]) by Dec 25 to be assigned to a team. The count circle includes Fox Island, the properties of Little River Wetlands, Foster Park, and four small ACRES properties. We will comply with National Audubon’s rules in that any group birding should only be family or social pods, for COVID precautions. Again we hope to include a lot of feeder watchers, as long as they live within the count circle. Updated for 2021.|
|Terre Haute||Dec 19||Peter Scott||Contact Peter at [email protected] if you need additional information or want to sign up for this 60 year old count! Updated for 2021.|
|Tippecanoe||Dec 26||David Hicks||The Tippecanoe Audubon Society Christmas count will be December 26 – circle center is near Oswego, IN (north of Warsaw). Since we’ll be doing the form and data exchange by email, potential participants should get in touch with with david Hicks directly at [email protected] or 260-982-2471. Updated for 2020.|
|Topeka||Dec 22||Leland Shaum||
Field and feeder watchers are needed. Anyone wishing to participate should contact Perry Miller at 574-642-1135 and leave a message, or contact at [email protected], to be assigned a team or an area. Many Amish participants will be bicycling or walking, so there is a special need for those who can drive an area. There will be no compilation supper. Updated for 2021.
|Tri-County/Rochester||Dec 19||Sharon Stephan||Meet at 8 am at Potawatomi Wildlife Park on State Road US 331 in Marshall County at Tippecanoe. Contact Sharon Stephan, Executive Director at 1-574-498-6550 or [email protected]. Most of their field people are within the park, but they need feeder observers and field observers to work other areas of the circle. The count info is also on the park web site. Updated for 2020.|
|Turkey Run||Alan Bruner||
Covers Turkey Run and Shades St. Parks, Lake Waveland, Raccoon Lake, Hollandsburg Longspur fields and Amish farms. Interested parties can contact Alan Bruner at [email protected] or 765-562-2741 (cell). Updated last in 2017.
|Vanderburgh County (Evansville)||Dec 18||Brian Taylor||Interested individuals should contact Brian Taylor at 812-480-0588 or [email protected]. Updated for 2021.|
|Wells County||Ruth Oswalt||Contact Ruth at 260-694-6487 to sign up. Updated last in 2017.|
|Western Gibson County||Dec 18||Dan Collins||Contact Dan Collins if you would like to volunteer. Contact info: [email protected] or call him at 812.499.8121.. Updated for 2021.|
|Whitewater||Dec 19||Bill Buskirk||Contact Bill Buskirk at [email protected] or 765-
|Willow Slough/Iroquois Preserves||Jan 1||Ed Hopkins||Meet at the Willow Slough FWA HQ. From the junction of US41/IN117 near Morocco, drive five miles west to Stateline Road. Turn north and drive two miles to the entrance sign. Turn east and meet at the parking lot at the HQ beside JC Murphey Lake. Meet at 7 AM CST (8 AM EST). Contact Ed Hopkins. Email: [email protected]. Cell: 765.714.9913. Updated for 2020.|