The Christmas Bird Count is a census of early-winter bird populations sponsored by Bird Studies Canada in partnership with the Audubon Society. People across North America cooperate to count birds in their area between December 14th to January 5th. The results of their efforts are compiled into the longest running database in ornithology, representing over a century of unbroken data on trends of early-winter bird populations across the Americas. Simply put, the Christmas Bird Count, or "CBC", is citizen science in action.
The first offical CBC in Manitoba took place in 1925. Nature Manitoba has been organizing regular CBC's in Winnipeg and publishing count results in our newsletter since the 1960s!
Christmas Bird Counts are held regularly in several locations in Manitoba, and are a great reason to get outside.
Manitoba Christmas Bird Counts 2022
The Winnipeg Christmas Bird Count will be held on Sunday December 18th, 2022. For those of you who are interested in participating, but who are unfamiliar with the count, the following is a brief description of the procedure. Parties will be out in the field, covering a section of the count circle by walking and driving for much of the day – ideally from about 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Novice counters would be teamed with experienced counters. The objective is to count all the individuals of all the bird species seen or heard, while keeping track of mileages and time on foot and by vehicle.
After the count a potluck dinner and compiling session will be held at the Bronx Community Centre, 720 Henderson Highway, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Please do not arrive earlier). A small fee will be collected to offset the cost of renting the room at the centre. Please contact Marlene Waldron (email@example.com) to indicate what you’d be willing to bring to the potluck. We have the use of kitchen facilities.
Please contact Rudolf Koes firstname.lastname@example.org well in advance of the count (preferably two or more weeks) to sign up or for more information. For new participants, please indicate the area of the city you live in, or the preferred area where you’d like to count, which will help with putting teams together.
Masks are recommended.
The dates of other counts in the province will be announced at a later time.