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Arizona Christmas Bird Counts – 2018/2019

The National Audubon Society has conducted Christmas bird counts since 1900. Volunteers from across North America and beyond take to the field during one calendar day between December 14 and January 5 to record every bird species and individual bird encountered within a designated 15-mile diameter circle. These records now comprise an extensive ornithological database that enables monitoring of winter bird populations and the overall health of the environment.

Participants are typically assigned to teams based on their bird identification skill level and endurance. Many counts hold a compilation dinner@the end of the day where results are tabulated and stories shared. Help is needed on most of these counts, so find one that interests you and contact the compiler for more information. The counts are now FREE.

Tucson Valley Christmas Bird Count for Kids

Get your kids ages 5 to 18 out birding!

When: Saturday, December 22nd from 8:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Where: Meet at the large Reid Park pond (across from the Reid Park zoo)

The CBC4KIDS is a FREE annual nationwide winter bird survey designed for family participation. Participants will receive a birding guide book, loaner binoculars if they need them, and break into teams. Volunteers will be on hand to show kids how to use their binoculars, discuss birding ethics, and how to ID a bird. After birding we’ll pack up and head to the Eckstrom-Columbus Library to count and discuss our bird sightings and have a pizza party!

Schedules and Contacts – UPDATED for 2018/2019!

Date – Day – Count Name – Compiler(s) – Phone – E-Mail


12/14   Fr                    Salt-Verde Rivers                                Kurt Radamaker                      480-585-1606    

12/15   Sa                    Avra Valley                                         Claudia Johnson                      509-264-9076    
12/15   Sa                    Cabeza Prieta NWR                           Christopher Riesberg              520-387-6483    
12/15   Sa                    Hassayampa River                             Chrissy Kondrat-Smith           623-451-1250    
12/15   Sa                    Martinez Lake-Yuma                          Lin Piest                                  928-341-4049    
12/15   Sa                    Mormon Lake                                     [Open]                                                              
12/15   Sa                    Nogales                                              Alan Schmierer                       805-801-3701    
12/15   Sa                    Santa Catalina Mountains                  Kendall Kroesen                     520-971-2385    

12/16   Su                    Grand Canyon                                   Brian Gatlin                            928-638-7723    
12/16   Su                    Jerome                                               Tina Greenawalt                      503-927-1367    
12/16   Su                    Ramsey Canyon                                 Ken Blankenship                     770-317-8486

12/17   Mo                   Chino Valley                                       Russell Duerksen                    928-925-5567    

12/18   Tu                    Tucson Valley                                     Luke Safford                          520-629-0510    

12/19   We                   Phoenix-Tres Rios                              Marceline VandeWater           602-689-4356    
12/19   We                   Prescott                                              Carl Tomoff                            928-778-2626    

12/20   Th                    Patagonia                                           Patsy Vandenberge                 520-604-6601    

12/21   Fr                     Atascosa Highlands                            John Yerger                             814-308-4078    
12/21   Fr                     Saint David                                         Heather Swanson                    520-307-4405    
12/21   Fr                     Sedona                                               Richard Armstrong                 928-282-3675    

12/26   We                   Superior                                              Joy Bell                                   480-760-1393    

12/27   Th                    Gila River                                            Troy Corman                           602-717-2928    
12/27   Th                    Bill Williams River NWR                        [Open]                                    928-667-4144    

12/28   Fr                     Green Valley-Madera Canyon            Malcolm Chesworth                203-947-2440    
12/28   Fr                     Havasu NWR                                      DeeDee DeLorenzo                928-758-2707    

12/29   Sa                    Buenos Aires NWR                             Bonnie Swarbrick                   520-240-3737    
12/29   Sa                    Flagstaff-Mount Elden                        Terence Blows                                                  
12/29   Sa                    Portal                                                  Jackie Lewis                            520-558-2287    
12/29  Sa                    Willow Beach                                       Joseph Saccomanno                928-767-4772    

12/30   Su                    Carefree                                             Cathryn Wise                          602-301-7530    

01/02   We                   Camp Verde                                        Kay Hawklee                          432-703-0007    
01/02   We                   Payson                                                David Hallock                         928-474-9475    

01/03   Th                    Appleton-Whittell                                Suzanne Wilcox                      520-455-5522    

01/04   Fr                     Glen Canyon                                      John Spence                            928-608-6267    

01/05   Sa                    Dudleyville                                          Doug Jenness                          520-909-1529    
01/05   Sa                    Timber Mesa                                       Mary Ellen Bittorf                  928-367-2462    

Unknown                    Lukeville                                                [Open]                                     520-387-6849    
Unknown                    Organ Pipe Cactus NM                          [Open]                                     520-387-6849    
Unknown                    Tonto NM – Roosevelt Lake                  Danielle Herzner                     928-467-2241    


Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447


Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447