Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is widely regarded as the largest and oldest citizen science project in the world. Each year, from 14 December through 5 January, tens of thousands of volunteers head out into the winter to count birds for a day.  This tradition goes back to 1900, and in the intervening years, these birders have built a database on bird populations that is unmatched by any other wildlife census. TINS Co-founder Will Richardson has coordinated the South Lake Tahoe CBC since 2004.

On the appointed date, participants gather in the morning for a brief organizational meeting, and then everyone is sent out to their designated areas of the circle (in our case, a 7.5 mile radius circle centered on the mouth of the Upper Truckee River, click here for a map) to count birds and have fun.  At the end of the day, the group reconvenes to tally up the totals and swap the day's highlights.  It's a fun and social day, and a great excuse to get out and do some birding in the winter.  People who don't want to go outside get involved too, by keeping track of the birds at their feeders.


The 2017 South Lake Tahoe CBC has been scheduled for Sunday, 17 December. Barring a significant winter storm, we will hold the count on that date. We will meet at Alpina Coffee Cafe at 8:00 am. A map can be found HERE.

We will bird at Cove East as a group and then split into groups to bird at other areas. A pizza party, complementary of TINS will conclude the day.

Please contact Sarah Hockensmith with any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


To register for the 2017/2018 Christmas Bird Count click HERE.


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