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3rd Northumberland-Lancaster Christmas Bird Count

The 3rd Northumberland-Lancaster Christmas Bird Count is on Tuesday 18 Dec. Last year the event identified over 100 species. Christmas Bird Counts is an approved project (C3U) in the NNMN Volunteer Management System.

This year the bird count will deploy sector teams to nine sectors. Each sector team is composed of 3 to 6 birders. Sector leaders this year are Sandy Dodge, Betsy Washington, Tom Saunders, Beth Kendrick, Melissa Gross, Bill Blair, Leslie Fellows, Joe Cooney, and Harry Colestock.

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.

Each count takes place in an established 15-mile wide diameter circle, and is organized by a count compiler. Count volunteers follow specified routes through a designated 15-mile (24-km) diameter circle, counting every bird they see or hear all day. It's not just a species tally--all birds are counted all day, giving an indication of the total number of birds in the circle that day.

If you would like to participate in this year's count and to be assigned to one of the sector teams please contact Jeff Wright at

Here is an overview of the event and a map that depicts the nine sectors.


Earlier Event: December 11
2018 NNMN Christmas party