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Arizona Christmas Bird Counts – 2023/2024

NOW UPDATED for 2023/2024!

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 at the end of the day where results are tabulated and stories shared.

Help is needed on all of these counts, so find one that interests you and contact the compiler to join a team!


Making Your Christmas Bird Count the Best with AZFO

This hour-long webinar will provide participants with numerous techniques, tips and suggestions to help make your next CBC (and general birding) experience the best it can be. Enhance your team’s outcome with an increase in both species and numbers – making the count more accurate, more useful, and hopefully more fun! This is a joint presentation of Arizona Field Ornithologists and Tucson Audubon Society.

Watch the recorded webinar on our YouTube channel



The Tucson Valley Christmas Bird Count will celebrate its 52nd year in 2023! The count always ends with a fun-filled evening at the “Countdown Potluck” where stories are shared, rarities are reported, and new birding friends are made (virtual this year). If you would like to join in on this collaborative community-science adventure please contact compiler, Keith Kamper, at

The count circle encompasses Tanque Verde Creek, Summerhaven, Sabino and Ventana Canyons, and Redington Pass. Everyone can contribute, whether you want to hike a remote mountain trail or count birds in the comfort of your own back yard! Kendall Kroesen is compiling this year. Contact Kendall at, 520-971-2385.

PATAGONIA, DECEMBER 14, Donna Edmonds, 719 369-9704,

SAFFORD, DECEMBER 16, Diane Drobka, 928 298-0004,

AVRA VALLEY, DECEMBER 16, George Montgomery, 520 609-0245,

NOGALES, DECEMBER 16, Bill Lisowsky, 520 987-0187,

RAMSEY CANYON, DECEMBER 17, Steven Tracey, 408 966-3860,

AJO-CABEZA PRIETA, DECEMBER 21, Alfredo Soto, 52060-0555,

ORGAN PIPE CACTUS NM, DECEMBER 22, Samantha Gillette, 520 387-6849,

LUKEVILLE, DECEMBER 22, Samantha Gillette, 520 387-6849,

ST. DAVID, DECEMBER 23, Heather Swanson, 520 307-4405,

GREEN VALLEY-MADERA CANYON, DECEMBER 29, Dave Griffin, 575 640-0029,

PORTAL, DECEMBER 30, Bonnie Bowen, 520 558-0038,

ATASCOSA HIGHLANDS, DECEMBER 30, Jake Mohlmann, 610 390-2424,

DUDLEYVILLE, JANUARY 2, Doug Jenness, 520 909-1529,

BUENOS-AIRES NWR, JANUARY 3, Bonnie Swarbrick, 520 240-3737,

APPLETON-WHITTELL, JANUARY 5, Suzanne Wilcox, 520 455-5522,



SALT-VERDE RIVERS, DECEMBER 14, Marceline VandeWater, 602-689-4356

BILL WILLIAMS RIVER NWR, DECEMBER 14, Jessica Samuelson, 928 271-0253,

SEDONA, DECEMBER 15, Richard Armstrong 928-282-3675

HAVASU NWR, DECEMBER 15, Marge Penton 928-201-0619

WILLOW BEACH, TBD, Clayton Merrill, 702 371-7548,

HASSAYAMPA RIVER, DECEMBER 16, Chrissy Kondrat, 623-451-1250

MARTINEZ LAKE-YUMA, DECEMBER 16, Nancy Meister, 928 872-3552,

PHOENIX METRO, DECEMBER 17, Kathy Balman, 678 457-0802,

JEROME, DECEMBER 17, Rob Gibbs, 240-780-1318

GRAND CANYON, DECEMBER 17, Brian Gatlin 928-638-7723

CHINO VALLEY, DECEMBER 18, Russell Duerksen 928-925-5567

PRESCOTT, DECEMBER 20, Carl Tomoff, 928-778-2626

GILA RIVER, DECEMBER 21, Sharon Lashway, 480 324-3541,

SUPERIOR, DECEMBER 26, Joy Bell, 480-760-1393

PHOENIX-TRES RIOS, DECEMBER 28, Marceline VandeWater 602-689-4356

CAREFREE, DECEMBER 29, Jen Bruening, 480 239-2917,

FLAGSTAFF-MOUNT ELDEN, DECEMBER 29, John Wilson, 928 457-8282,

TIMBER MESA, DECEMBER 30, Rob Bettaso, 928 368-8481,

TONTO NM-ROOSEVELT LAKE, DECEMBER 30, Aaron O’Neal, 928 467-2241,

CAMP VERDE, JANUARY 2, Kay Hawklee 432-703-0007

LAKE PLEASANT, JANUARY 4, Eric Hough 928 684-2772,

PAYSON, JANUARY 4, David Hallock 928-474-9475