Between December 14th and January 5th, hawk-eyed volunteers across the country brave various weather conditions to count birds during the annual Audubon Christmas rd 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.

Forms and Instructions

Online Count Form

Checklist for the Field

Please contact Jeff Canada ( for more information if you would like to participate.


After thirteen years of service, Gary and Lisa Bowman have decided to turn over the reigns. Gary and Lisa have both spent hundreds of hours collecting data, ensuring its accuracy, and writing articles for the IAQ. Their dedication, hard work, and knowledge will be missed and the Indiana Audubon Society is grateful for the volunteer work.


If you are interested in helping IAS continue to provide its members with CBC data collection, please contact Jeff Canada, IAS President (



Updated count dates are in bold in the location column.






Big Oaks NWR Dec. 17 Joe Robb Come to Big Oaks NWR for our Christmas Bird Count at 8AM! 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 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 on November 21, 2016.
Brown County State Park Jim Eagleman Meet at the nature center at 8am, Sunday Dec. 14 for coffee and donuts, to assign areas and give out maps and bird til noon; lunch at the Abe Martin Lodge in the park on your own; resume til 3pm when we convene at the nature center to compile and record sightings.  Contact Jim at 812-988-5240 or Updated November 8, 2014.
Cass Dec 28 Landon Neumann If you would like to help please email me (  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 on November 21, 2016.
Eagle Valley Dec 18 Will Schaust Please contact if you are interested in participating in this year’s count, please register before December 12th. Participants will be required to pick up a materials packet the week of December 12th (week before the count) and are not required to meet in the morning. In the afternoon, we will convene at the Ornithology Center at noon for a pitch-in lunch and to tally our findings. Updated on November 21, 2016.
Elkhart Co. Dec 31 Ronda DeCaire
Field and feeder counters are needed. Please contact Ronda at 574-535-6458 or to pre-register.  Field counters can meet at the Ox Bow Haus Shelter at Ox Bow County Park at 7:30 a.m.  Updated on December 5, 2016. 
Fort Wayne Dec 17 Margit Codispoti and Eric Helfrich FORT WAYNE CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT will be held Saturday, December 17, 2016. 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. All participants are welcome to a free chili supper to compile data at the end of the day. 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: (260-456-1996) or Eric Helfrich: (260-693-3246) no later than December 10.  Updated on December 1, 2016.
Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site Dec 17 Tiffany Conrad Gene Stratton-Porter’s life-long love of the birds of Northeastern Indiana is the perfect match for a Christmas Bird Count! The GSP CBC encompasses a number of wonderful properties including the ACRES’ Detering and Lonidaw nature preserves, the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, Bixler Lake Park in Kendallville, and the Chain O’Lakes State Park.  Our CBC will maintain a static date – 12/17, so you can mark your calendar for years to come! We’ll have a hot lunch for participants in the Carriage House Visitors Center at 12 noon in order to do a preliminary species count and warm up. You may participate early that morning with owling, feeder watching or visiting the many wetlands and preserves in our count circle.  Please register before 12/14 by contacting Tiffany Conrad at 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. Dress warmly with appropriate apparel and f you need any field guides or binoculars, just let Tiffany know – she’s got extras of most anything you might need.  Updated on November 26, 2016.
Goose Pond Dec 14 Lee Sterrenburg To participate email Compiler Lee Sterrenburg Updated on December 5, 2016.
Hamilton County Dec 31 Amanda Smith 116th 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  Updated December 4, 2016.
Hancock County Dec 31 Gail McNierney Contact Gail at 317-861-3967 or email, Updated December 1, 2016.
Hanover – Madison Dec 31 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 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.   Updated on December 2, 2016
Huntington County
Indiana Dunes (east) Dec 17 Brad Bumgardner Teams meet on their own at pre-assigned areas.  Contact Brad  Deadline to register is Dec. 15.  Chili lunch offered at State Park Nature Center. Updated on November 21, 2016. 
Indiana Dunes West (INDW) Dec 29 Christine Gerlach Sign up deadline through email or phone call to coordinator is Monday, December 26th. (219) 395-1885.  Updated on November 21, 2016. 
North Liberty Dec 31 Steve Sass Field and feeder counters needed! This new count will take place at Potato Creek State Park. Contact Steve Sass if you would like to participate! Phone: 574-340-9239 or Updated December 5, 2016.
Indianapolis Northeast  Dec 17 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 15 by calling John Schaust at 317-208-4021 or emailing: Updated on December 5, 2016. 
Jamestown Jan 2 Roger Hedge Meet at McCloud Nature Park, located southwest of North Salem in Hendricks County, at 8:00 am. A link with map to the park is at Contact Roger at 317-554-7039 (cell) or on December 13, 2015. 
Johnson County (Atterbury)  Mike Clay Meet at 7:45 at Johnson Co. park, google maps: Johnson County Park ampitheatre. It actually shows up on a GPS as Johnson County Park Amphitheater. Call Mike at 317-682-8884 or Updated on November 24, 2015. 
Knox County Jan 2 Gary Bowman Anyone wanting to start the year off with a Christmas Count is welcome to participate in our count.  Please contact Gary or Lisa and we will assign you to a team.  Team leaders will make arrangements with the rest of their team as to meeting location and time. Email: Updated December 13, 2016.
Lafayette Dec 17 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 8 December 2016. The Post-Count meeting will be at 8 PM at the Wild Bird Shoppe on Kalberer Road in W. Lafayette after the Count. Contact Ed Hopkins. Email: Updated on December 6, 2016.
Lake Monroe Dec 17 Jim & Susan Hengeveld Contact Jim ( or Susan Hengeveld (, telephone
812-988-1671 if you would like to participate. Updated on December 1, 2016.

Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary Jan 1 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 ( Lunch will be provided by Carl & Amy Wilms. Updated on November 21, 2016. 
McCormick’s Creek Sandy Belth For more information and to be placed on a team, please email Sandy Belth at, 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 1, 2015.
Muncie Dec 17 Robert Williams The Muncie Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, December 17th. Sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the Christmas Bird Count is a longstanding citizen­-science project to document bird population trends. Part of the fun is discovering the unexpected. Last year, for example, volunteers found black vultures and a merlin, as well as sandhill cranes, a barred owl, and a red-headed woodpecker. Beginning bird watchers are welcome, and binoculars will be available for participants to borrow. If you’d like to join us in the field, or would prefer to remain home and count at a bird feeder, please contact Robert Williams at or Annette Rose at Updated on December 5, 2016. 
Muscatatuck N. W. R. Jan 1, 2017 Donna Stanley Group will meet at the Visitor Center to divide into teams.  All are welcome. Free soup lunch provided by refuge friends group. For information contact Updated on November 21, 2016. 
Newport Dec 30 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: 765-562-2741 (cell). Updated on December 24, 2016. 
Northeast LaPorte County Dec 20 Dennis Richardson Call Dennis, 219-778-2810, or email about when/where to meet. Updated December 5, 2016.
Oakland City Dec 31 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. New participants welcomed!! Please contact Heath Hamilton if you would like to volunteer. Contact info: . Updated on December 4, 2016. 
Ohio River Dec 17

Jack Stenger

This count is in the far southeast corner of the state and includes portions of Ohio and Kentucky. All participants are welcome. Updated on December 12, 2016. 

Oldenburg Dec 31 Wayne Wauligman The Oldenburg count is scheduled for January 2. We meet at 8:00 amat the Sisters of St. Francis barn at Michaela Farm at the eastern end of Route 229 in Oldenburg. It is a huge barn and can’t be missed. We have a tally and lunch 1:00 pm for $10 at the Sisters’ Oldenburg Franciscan Center next to their cemetery and Oldenburg Academy. Reservations are to made to me at this email or 513-680-4447. Or, reservations may also be made to the Sisters, Annette Swain at 812-933-6437 or Counting may resume after lunch for those willing. Updated December 5, 2016.
Patoka Lake Dec 20 John Castrale Contact John at or 812-508-2849. if you need additional information or want to sign up for the count. Updated on November 21, 2016.
Pigeon River Dec 20 Mark Weldon All those wishing to attend must contact Mark Weldon by December 16th, by emailing your interest to, or by phone at 260-427-6806 M-F and 260-493-2005 which is my home phone. Please don’t call this number after 8:30 pm. Information I need from you is your name, address, phone number, and email address if applicable.

There is no meeting place for this count.davis

This count is located in Lagrange county, and covers all of the Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area. Besides small game hunting, deer hunting will also be in for Archery, and Muzzle loaders. All participants should wear a piece of clothing consisting of Hunter Orange. More details will be given after contacting Mark. Updated on November 26, 2014.

Pike County Jan 2 Jeremy Ross Contact Jeremy Ross, 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 on December 13, 2016.
Pokagon Dec 29 Fred Wooley The 36th Annual Pokagon Christmas Bird Count will be held on December 29, 2016. The Pokagon CBC is a part of the 117th Annual Christmas Bird Counts sponsored by the National Audubon Society. From December 14 to January 5, all throughout North America, birdwatchers contribute to citizen science through the methodical process of counting and recording birds in established, predetermined 15-mile diameter circles. On Thursday, December 29, 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. All results will be returned to the count compiler and a final report will be sent to the National Audubon Society and to all participants. There is no fee for the event. Residents within Steuben County may also participate by recording birds at their feeders and reporting them to the count compiler. To participate is free, but prior registration is required. To do so, contact count compiler Fred Wooley at 260-495-3307 or 260-243-0513 or E-mail Registration deadline is December 26. For further information, contact Fred Wooley. Updated on December 5, 2016.
Posey County Dec 31 Sharon Sorenson Contact Sharon Sorenson Updated on December 6, 2016. 
Putnam County Dec 17 Carl Huffman We will meet in Greencastle at 633 East Seminary (Whitney Morril’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 Updated on November 21, 2016. 
Randolph County Connie Howell Compiler and/or contact person is Connie Howell, 765-744-4963, or
Richmond Dec 17 Bill Buskirk Contact Bill for selection of areas to cover in the morning at or 765-969-0449 . Updated December 5, 2016.
SANJO Jan 1, 2017 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.
January 1 Meet at Limberlost Visitor’s Center, 200 W. Sixth Street (US 27) in Geneva, IN at 8:00 am. Compiler: Terri Gorney, 9024 Hickory Glen Trail, Fort Wayne, IN, Updated November 21, 2016.
South Bend Dec 17 Vic Riemenschneider The South Bend Count is divided into five sectors with sector leaders. Contact the compiler by email if you want to participate or go to the South Bend Web site for more information on both the South Bend and Elkhart Counts. Updated on November 21, 2016.
Southern Lake County
Spring Mill Dec 18 John Castrale Contact John at or 812-508-2849. if you need additional information or want to sign up for the count. Updated on November 21, 2016.
Sullivan County Dec 19 Michael Brown Contact 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 on November 21, 2016.
SW Allen County Jan 2, 2017 Cynthia Powers Please contact the compiler ( by Dec. 28 to be assigned to a team. Meet at Fox Island County Park at 8 a.m. on Jan. 2 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 on November 21, 2016.
Terre Haute Dec 17 Peter Scott Contact Peter at if you need additional information or want to sign up for the count. 60 year old count! Updated on November 27, 2016. 
Tippecanoe David Hicks The Tippecanoe Audubon Society Christmas count will be Saturday, December 27, 2014.  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, Updated November 24, 2015.
Topeka 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  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 on November 21, 2016.
Tri-County/Rochester Dec 17 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 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 on December 1, 2016. 
Turkey Run Dec 26 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 or 765-562-2741 (cell). Updated on November 24, 2016.
Vanderburgh County Dec 17 Brian Taylor Contact Steve Heeger at 812-499-0177 or Updated on December 6, 2016. 
Warrick County Chris Pace Please contact Chris Pace if you would like to volunteer. Contact Info: Updated on December 13, 2015.
Wells County Ruth Oswalt Contact Ruth at 260-694-6487 to sign up.
Western Gibson County Dec 18 Dan Collins Contact Dan Collins if you would like to volunteer. Contact info: or call him at 812.499.8121.. Updated on December 06, 2016.
Whitewater Dec 18 Bill Buskirk Contact Bill Buskirk at or 765-969-0449.  Updated on December 5, 2016.
Willow Slough/Iroquois Preserves Jan 2, 2017 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).

Updated on December 12, 2016.

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