Audubon Christmas Bird Count Schedules for Alabama and nearby GA/FL/TN 2017-18

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the oldest and largest citizen science event in the world. For over a hundred years, people have gathered during the winter holiday season to identify and count birds. In the process, they have created a vast pool of bird data that is a valuable source of information on the status and distribution of early winter bird populations.

Parties of birders are assigned to different parts of a count circle 15 miles in diameter, often centered around an important natural area, such as a state park or wildlife refuge, to identify and count all birds seen or heard from dawn to dusk. Afterwards, birders convene at a central location for the compilation. There are currently 10 active count circles in Alabama and over 2000 nationwide. Birders of all skill levels are welcome and needed.

This list includes dates, contact (for count leaders) and other pertinent information for our Alabama counts, plus a few additional nearby ones in neighboring states. If you are interested in participating in a count, please contact the count leader. Typically, you’ll need binoculars (for sure), a spotting scope (if you have one) and lunch (depending on where you are). If you’d like to participate but can’t stay the whole day, it’s often possible to make arrangements to do that through the count leader.

We hope you’ll consider helping out with a count; they are lots of fun and a great way to further develop your birding skills and connect with our birding community. Additionally, if you’re into photography, your skills could really come in handy, as photos are often important for confirming identification of rare or unusual birds, not to mention documenting nature’s beauty and promoting CBCs, citizen science and birding/nature study in general.

Alabama and nearby GA/FL/TN Audubon Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) – 2017–18

  1. Waterloo, AL – December 16, 2017, Paul Kittle (256-627-2376;

  2. Dauphin Island, AL – December 16, 2017, Howard Horne ( Teams cover Dauphin Island as well as part of the south Mobile County mainland.

  3. Montgomery, AL – January 2, 2018, Carrie Threadgill (334-242-3864,]

  4. Wheeler NWR, Decatur, AL – December 16, 2017, Dwight Cooley (256-565-6239, NABS schedule at for more information

  5. Birmingham, AL – December 23, 2017, David George [205-477-5074 (H), 205-401-8111 (C);]

  6. Pensacola, FL – December 16, 2017, Bill Bremser (; 828-733-7444)

  7. Auburn, AL – December 15, 2017, Geoff Hill (334-332-4930;

  8. Guntersville, AL – December 26, 2017, Linda Reynolds (256-582-2970, have 8 parties and the area covers a lot of lakeshore as well as upland and woodland terrain. We usually start around 7 am and conclude with a supper compilation around 5 pm at the Guntersville Library. See NABS schedule at for more information

  9. Gulf Shores, AL – December 30, 2017, Greg Jackson and Howard Horne (

  10. Eufaula NWR (ALEU), Eufaula, AL – December 22, 2017, Mason Jarrett ( parties can either sign up on the CBC website at, or email me.

  11. Columbus, GA (ALEU) – January 3, 2018, Mason Jarrett (706-992-8864; Interested parties can either sign up on the CBC website at, or email me.

  12. Choctawatchee Bay FL – December 18, 2017, Alan Knothe (850-208-1780,; email is best)

  13. Cullman, AL – December 17, 2017, Vince Meleski (256-739-4589, or Counters meet at Culpepper Real Estate (601 7th Ave SW, Cullman, AL 35055, close to the Post Office) to assign areas to be covered. This count is frequently short-handed, so we hope some of you will consider helping out. Those who want to help for part of the day (morning or afternoon) can also participate. We will re-meet for compilation at 5:00 pm at Karma’s Coffee House (103 1st Ave NE, Cullman, AL 35055).

  14. Savannah, TN – January 2-5, 2018 (tentative), Damien Simbeck (256-856-3079; Meet at 5:30 am at McDonalds in Savannah (corner of Hwy 64 and 128)

  15. Buffalo River, Lawrenceburg, TN – December 14, 2017, Damien Simbeck (256-856-3079;

  16. Fort Morgan, AL – TBA (any information on date and contact is most appreciated; send to

  17. Tuscaloosa, AL – December 16, 2017. Contact David Arnold at 205-792-0653 if you are interested in