Organizing the Bird Count
Illustration by Jenny Hards
The tradition of counting birds at Christmas time started in 1900 and continues today. Every year groups of birders all across Canada, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean conduct this census of birds in 24 km diameter circles. These counts provide important information for bird conservation.
The Vancouver Christmas Bird Count has been conducted since 1958. The Count Circle is centered at 12th and Ontario. Click on the link below the following map to enlarge it. The alphabetical listing of count areas within the circle is available in the left hand column of the enlarged map. Click on any area letter to locate it on the map.
View Christmas Bird Count Areas - Vancouver in a larger map
A PDF document with instructions for area leaders, on how to determine the Party Hours and Distance Covered, is attached below. PDF documents for help with identifiaction of adult and immature gulls as well as for estimating the number of shorebirds in a large flock, are also attached.
The Vancouver Christmas Bird Count is coordinated by Adrian Grant Duff and Peter Candido, and generally takes place on the second Sunday of December. The post-count gathering is usually held at St. Mary's Church, 2490 West 37th Ave., Vancouver, which includes a supper organized by Jude Grass and a bird quiz prepared by Martin McNicholl.
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