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Arizona Christmas Bird Counts – 2023/2024

NOTE: This page has NOT been updated for 2023/24!! Check back soon.

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 51st year in 2022! 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.

BUENOS-AIRES NWR, DECEMBER 15, Bonnie Swarbrick, 520 240-3737,

PATAGONIA, DECEMBER 15, Donna Edmonds, 719 369-9704,

AJO-CABEZA PRIETA, JANUARY 16, Stephanie Doerries, 520 387-4989,

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

AVRA VALLEY, DECEMBER 17, George Montgomery, 520 609-0245,

NOGALES, DECEMBER 17, Bill Lisowsky, 520 987-0187,

ORGAN PIPE CACTUS NM, DECEMBER 17, Daniel Martin, 928 210-2420,

LUKEVILLE, DECEMBER 18, Daniel Martin, 928 210-2420,

ST. DAVID, DECEMBER 18, Heather Swanson, 520 307-4405,

RAMSEY CANYON, DECEMBER 19, Steven Tracey, 408 966-3860,

GREEN VALLEY-MADERA CANYON, DECEMBER 28, Malcolm Chesworth, 203 947-2440,

PORTAL, DECEMBER 31, Bonnie Bowen, 520 558-0038,

ATASCOSA HIGHLANDS, JANUARY 1, Jake Mohlmann, 610 390-2424,

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

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



SALT-VERDE RIVERS, DECEMBER 14, Kurt Radamaker 480-585-1606

GILA RIVER, DECEMBER 15, Ryan O’Donnell 435-232-8146

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

BILL WILLIAMS RIVER NWR, DECEMBER 15, Jessica Samuelson, 928 271-0253,

HAVASU NWR, DECEMBER 16, Marge Penton 928-201-0619

WILLOW BEACH, DECEMBER 16, Clayton Merrill, 702 371-7548, 

PHOENIX METRO, DECEMBER 17, Molina Walters, 480 748-6562,

HASSAYAMPA RIVER, DECEMBER 17, Chrissy Kondrat, 623-451-1250

JEROME, DECEMBER 18, Rob Gibbs, 240-780-1318

GRAND CANYON, DECEMBER 19, Brian Gatlin 928-638-7723

CHINO VALLEY, DECEMBER 19, Russell Duerksen 928-925-5567

PHOENIX-TRES RIOS, DECEMBER 20, Marceline VandeWater 602-689-4356

PRESCOTT, DECEMBER 21, Carl Tomoff, 928-778-2626

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

MARTINEZ LAKE-YUMA, DECEMBER 28, Nancy Meister, 928 872-3552,

CAREFREE, DECEMBER 30, Jen Bruening, 480 239-2917,


TIMBER MESA, DECEMBER 31, Mary Williams 480-235-1792

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

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

PAYSON, JANUARY 5, David Hallock 928-474-9475


TONTO NM-ROOSEVELT LAKE, TBD, Danielle Herzner 860-940-8187