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.

Northern Cardinal By Mike Timmons

Northern Cardinal By Mike Timmons

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.  Again in 2018, 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 in 2017. 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. 

 

 COUNTS

NATIONAL AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT DATES

Ensure your preferred count has been updated for 2018.  For counts with no dates, contact the compiler for updated information.  Compilers should submit their info here by November 10 each year.

 

Location

Date

Compiler

Details

Big Oaks NWR Dec. 15 Joe Robb Come to Big Oaks NWR for our Christmas Bird Count at 8AM on December 15. We will have 1/2 day and whole day groups that will head out on to the refuge for a fun day. Contact: Joe at joe_robb@fws.gov or 812-273-0783. Meet at the Refuge Office 8:00 am. Big Oaks Conservation Society will partner with the Refuge and provide lunch. Dress warm and be ready to count birds! Will have all day counters and half day groups for your convenience. Updated for 2018.
Brown County Patrick Haulter Join the Brown County State Park Interpretive Staff for a morning of birding the hills of Brown County.  Interested individuals should contact Patrick Haulter at phaulter@dnr.in.gov.  The morning starts at the Nature Center at 8:30am.  Updated last in 2018.
Cass Dec 22 Landon Neumann If you would like to help please email Landon Neumann at landonneumann25@gmail.com  for a territory. We meet for lunch at Mr. Happy Burger (3131 E Market St, Logansport, IN 46947) to tally data and then birders can bird anywhere they want in the afternoon. Updated for 2018
Eagle Valley Dec 16 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.
If you are a beginning birder, you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher. In addition, if your home is within the boundaries of the count circle, then you can report the birds that visit your feeder once you have arranged to do so with the Count Compiler.
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 william.schaust@indy.gov,  Updated for 2018
Elkhart Co. Jan 5 Ronda DeCaire

Field Observers will be assigned an area and given maps to count birds within a designated part of Elkhart County. Teams will bird by car and foot from dawn to dusk. Participants should dress for the weather, and bring binoculars and field guides. Field observers will meet at Ox Bow House Shelter in Ox Bow County Park on Saturday, December 30 at 7:30 a.m. Ox Bow County Park is located at 23033 County Road 45 in Dunlap.

Feeder Counters can count birds in their yards. Participants must count the highest number of species seen at once in your yard on that day. Feeder counts can take place during any amount of time.

Please contact Ronda DeCaire with the Elkhart County Parks at 574-535-6458 or e-mail rdecaire@elkhartcounty.com to register their name, address, and phone number and e-mail to receive further directions for the bird count.  Updated for 2018.

Fort Wayne Dec 15 Margit Codispoti and Eric Helfrich The Fort Wayne Count will be held Saturday, December 15, 2017. 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:  
magpii2@yahoo.com (260-456-1996) or Eric Helfrich:
conqur1066@gmail.com (260-693-3246) no later than December 10.  Updated on for 2018.
Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site Dec 17 Tiffany Conrad Join GSP Staff and volunteers as we participate in one of the oldest citizen science projects. The annual Christmas Bird Count has been happening for 119 years and we are thrilled to participate in this annual project. If you are interested in helping, birdwatchers of all skill levels are welcome as we team up to hit the field. This is a great chance to see some beautiful birds, enjoy nature and be a citizen scientist for Cornell Lab of Ornithology. For more information or registration please contact Tiffany Parker at tmparker@indianamuseum.org or by calling 260.854.3790.Count date: Monday, December 17, 8 a.m., registration required by December 14  Updated for 2018.
Goose Pond Dec 19 Lee Sterrenburg To participate and be placed on a team email Compiler Lee Sterrenburg  sterren@indiana.edu.  Teams have their own starting times and locations. We do a bring your own lunch at the Goose Pond FWA Visitor Center at 12:30 PM EST to see how we are doing to far. No post count compilation meeting.  Updated for 2018.
Hamilton County Amanda Smith 117th 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 amanda.smith@hamiltoncounty.in.gov.  Updated last in 2017.
Hancock County Dec 16 Adam Wilson Newly created official count.  Contact Adam at nikonbirdhunter@gmail.com for more information. Updated for 2018.
Hanover – Madison Dick Davis Hanover~Madison CBC participants will meet 8am Saturday December 31, 2016 in the lounge of Clifty Inn, Clifty Falls State Park located just west of downtown historic Madison, Indiana on state road 56. There is no fee for the count or park admission. Counters will have numerous options for where and how long to count. To maximize enjoyment counters should bring binoculars and field guides and be prepared for the weather. The fifteen mile diameter count area is centered north of nearby Hanover, IN at the junction of Grange Hall Rd and state road 256.  To register and obtain further information participants are asked to contact Hanover~Madison CBC compiler Dick Davis at 812-273-2656 or rodavis53@msn.com on or before Wednesday December 28.  For outdoor enthusiasts the annual Christmas Bird Count is a terrific time to enjoy birds whether by oneself, with family, or with long time friends or new birding acquaintances made during the count. Just as importantly, it’s an opportunity to “make a difference” by contributing to our understanding of the scope and distribution of early winter bird populations.  http://www.audubon.org/conservation/join-christmas-bird-count   Updated on December 2, 2016
Huntington County  No info available
Indiana Dunes (east) Dec 15 Brad Bumgardner Teams meet on their own at pre-assigned areas.  Contact Brad at bbumgardner@indianaaudubon.org  Nature Center auditorium offered for brown bag lunch at State Park Nature Center to share sightings.  Deadline to register is Dec. 13.   Updated for 2018.
Indiana Dunes West  Dec 28 Christine Gerlach Sign up deadline through email or phone call to coordinator is December 28th. Christine_gerlach@nps.gov (219) 395-1885.  Updated for 2018. 
Indianapolis Northeast  Dec 15 John Schaust Pre-registered participants will be assigned to a location and team. Meeting places and start times will be provided to each participant in advance via email. Beginning birders are encouraged and will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher. A lunch gathering will be held at 11:30am at George’s Neighborhood Grill at 71st and Binford Blvd. Anyone interested in birding in the afternoon can be reassigned after lunch. Register to participate by December 12 by calling John Schaust at 317-208-4021 or emailing: schaust@gmail.comUpdated for 2018.
Jamestown Dec 29 Roger Hedge Meet at McCloud Nature Park, located southwest of North Salem in Hendricks County, at 8:30 am. A link with map to the park is at   http://www.hendrickscountyparks.org/mccloudpark. Contact Roger at 317-473-3222 (cell) or rhedge@dnr.in.govUpdated for 2018.
Johnson County (Atterbury)  Dec 16  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 mpclay@comcast.netUpdated for 2018.
Knox County Jan 5 Gary Bowman Start your new year with a CBC. All participants are welcome.
Please contact Gary Bowman at otus44@sbcglobal.net 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 2018.
Lafayette 12/15 Ed Hopkins Pre-Count Meeting will be at the Lilly Nat. Ctr. at Celery Bog Nat. Area in West Lafayette at 7 PM EST on 14 December 2017. The Post-Count meeting will be at 8 PMat the Wild Bird Shoppe on Kalberer Road in W. Lafayette after the Count. Contact Ed Hopkins. Email: hopkinse@purdue.eduUpdated for 2018.
Lake Monroe Dec 15 Jim & Susan Hengeveld Contact Jim (jhengeve@indiana.edu) or Susan Hengeveld (shengeve@indiana.edu), telephone 812-988-1671 if you would like to participate. Updated for 2018.
Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary Dec 29 Carl and Amy Wilms Meet at House #2 at 7:30 AM to assign areas for the count. Questions can be emailed to Amy Wilms (wilmsab@miamioh.edu). Lunch will be provided by Carl & Amy Wilms. Updated for 2018.  
McCormick’s Creek Sandy Belth For more information and to be placed on a team, please email Sandy Belth at belthbirds@aol.com, or Jeffrey Belth at JeffreyBelth@gmail.com 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 16 Jim Schowe Join the fun by counting birds from the comfort of your own home or with a group of RCAS members. Those counting by car, will comb a 15 mile-wide diameter circle around Muncie, tallying every avian species and bird. To join, contact Jim Schowe at jim.schowe@gmail.comUpdated for 2018.
Muscatatuck N. W. R. Jan 1 Donna Stanley Group will meet at the Visitor Center to divide into teams at 7:30am.  All are welcome. Free soup lunch provided by refuge friends group. For information contact Muscatatuck@fws.gov. Updated for 2018.
Newport Alan Bruner
Covers West Union Bald Eagle roost, Newport Chemical Depot, Cayuga Power Plant, and Wabash River bottoms.  Interested parties can contact Alan Bruner at: abbird@att.net 765-562-2741 (cell). Updated last in 2017. 
Northeast LaPorte County 12/17 Dennis Richardson The Northeast LaPorte County Christmas Bird Count will be held on December 17. If you would like to participate call Dennis Richardson at 219-379-4791 for details.  Updated for 2008
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 steve@michianaelectronics.com.   Updated last in 2017.
Oakland City Dec 22 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: heath_hamilton@fws.gov . Updated for 2018.
Ohio River Jack Stenger No info available.
Oldenburg Wayne Wauligman No info available.
Patoka Lake Dec 18 John Castrale Contact John at jsascastrale@gmail.com or 812-508-2849. if you need additional information or want to sign up for the count. Updated for 2018.
Pike County Dec 29 Jeremy Ross Contact Jeremy Ross, jeremy.ross@hotmail.com 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 2018.
Pokagon Dec 28 Fred Wooley The 39th Annual Pokagon Christmas Bird Count will be held on December 28, 2018. On December 28, birders in predetermined teams will disperse into a 15-mile diameter circle, the center being the center of Steuben County, to count both species and numbers of all birds.   Participants will gather at the Pokagon State Park Potawatomi Inn, Lonidaw Lounge (west end of building), by 7:45am to divide into teams and head into the field. Birders should bring their own birding optics and dress for a day in the field. Participants should also bring a sack lunch to enjoy in the field, or their team may wish to make other lunch arrangements on their own.  To register, contact Fred Wooley at 260-495-3307 or 260-243-0513 or E-mail fwooley@frontier.com. Registration deadline is December 26.  Updated for 2018.
Putnam County Dec 15 Carl Huffman We will meet in Greencastle at 633 East Seminary (Whitney Morrill’s house) at 7:45 AM and gather again at noon to compare notes and have a chili lunch. Contact Carl Huffman for more information cahuff@depauw.edu. Updated for 2018.
Randolph Co. Connie Howell Contact Connie Howell at tomehowell@hotmail.com for information about participating.  Updated last in 2017,
Richmond 12/15 Bill Buskirk Contact Bill for selection of areas to cover in the morning at billb@earlham.edu or 765-969-0449 . We will meet at the Visitors’ Center at Hayes Regional Arboretum at 1:30pm for the midday tally. Updated for 2018.
Southern Adams/Northern Jay/Ouabache SP Jan 5 Terri Gorney SANJO is Southern Adams Northern Jay Ouabache SP. State park and the Limberlost Territories. All birders welcome.
Noon chili lunch at the Limberlost Visitor Center, 200 E. Sixth St, Geneva.

The circle 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. Chili Lunch is at the Limberlost Visitor’s Center. Experience and inexperienced birders welcome. Plenty of good territory for all. We could use feeder watchers at home and there is a bird room at the center. This is the 4th year that Limberlost has hosted this count that was started 40 years ago. Meet at Limberlost Visitor’s Center, 200 W. Sixth Street (US 27) in Geneva, IN at 8:00 am. Compiler: Terri Gorney, 260-413-5671bandtgorney@aol.com Updated for 2018.
South Bend Dec 15 Vic Riemenschneider The South Bend Count is divided into five sectors with sector leaders. Contact Vic at vriemens@earthlink.net if you want to participate or go to the South Bend Web site www.sbeaudon.org for more information on both the South Bend and Elkhart Counts. Updated for 2018.
Spring Mill Dec 23 John Castrale Contact John at jsascastrale@gmail.com or 812-508-2849. if you need additional information or want to sign up for the count. Updated for 2018.
Sullivan County Dec 21 Michael Brown Contact MikePytlak@aol.com if attending.   We usually go to territories in am then meet at Subway in Sullivan at Hwy 41 and hwy 154 at 12:30 for lunch and to review species seen.  There is no meeting in evening, instead participants call or email reports to Michael Brown – 812-299-2137. Leave message. Updated for 2018.
SW Allen County Jan 1 Cynthia Powers Please contact the compiler (zzedpowers@aol.com) by Dec. 28 to be assigned to a team. Meet at Fox Island County Park at 8 a.m. on Jan. 1 to pick up maps and meet your team. Cars can be left at Fox Island. Breakfast items will be available courtesy of Fox Island Alliance. Then meet back at Fox Island at noon (approximately). Chili will be available to supplement your packed lunch, and we will post the tentative bird list on the overhead projector. Then you can complete your territory or go home to watch your feeder (if you live in the count circle.) Each team leader and feeder watcher can then just e-mail the finished report to the compiler at the end of the day. The count circle includes Fox Island, the properties of Little River Wetlands, Foster Park, and four small ACRES properties. Updated for 2018.
Terre Haute Dec 15 Peter Scott Contact Peter at Peter.Scott@indstate.edu if you need additional information or want to sign up for the count. 60 year old count! Updated for 2018.
Tippecanoe Dec 29 David Hicks The Tippecanoe Audubon Society Christmas count will be Saturday, December 30  The 15-mile-diameter count circle is centered northwest of Warsaw.  Those interested in participating should get in touch with me: Dave Hicks, 260-982-2471, djhicks@manchester.edu. Updated for 2018
Topeka Dec 22 Leland Shaum Field and feeder watchers are needed. Anyone wishing to participate should contact either Perry Miller at 574-642-1300 – ext.4098 and leave a message or Leland Shaum at sleepyck@maplenet.net  or 574-202-0015 to be assigned a team or an area. Because we have many youth and Amish participants there is a special need for drivers. Updated for 2018.
Tri-County/Rochester Michael Stephan Meet at 8 am at Potawatomi Wildlife Park on State Road US 331 in Marshall County at Tippecanoe. Contact Michael D. Stephan, Executive Director at 1-574-498-6550 or park@getintonature.com. 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 siteUpdated last in 2017,
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  abbird@att.net or 765-562-2741 (cell). Updated last in 2017.
Vanderburgh County Dec 15 Steve Heeger Contact Steve Heeger at 812-499-0177 or sdheeger@sbcglobal.netUpdated for 2018. 
Wells County Ruth Oswalt Contact Ruth at 260-694-6487 to sign up.  Updated last in 2017.
Western Gibson County Dan Collins Contact Dan Collins if you would like to volunteer. Contact info: danc@collinspestmgt.com or call him at 812.499.8121.. Updated last in 2017,.
Whitewater 12/16 Bill Buskirk Contact Bill Buskirk at billb@earlham.edu or 765-969-0449.  Updated for 2018.
Willow Slough/Iroquois Preserves 1/1 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: hopkinse@purdue.edu. Cell: 765.714.9913. Updated for 2018.

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