120th Annual Central Park Christmas Bird Count

  Last modified on July 26th, 2020

For Upper West Siders who love science and nature, a special event is coming to Central Park. As is tradition, every December, the  New York City Audubon plays its part in the national survey of birds. The data collected by observers helps aid in the study of  the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. This year will be the 120th Annual Central Park Christmas Bird Count.

The bird count is the nation’s longest running community science bird project, and fuels the Audobon Society’s work throughout the year.

The event, which was originally founded by ornithologist Frank Chapman on December 25th, 1900, collects a wealth of data from the bird count that provides valuable information to research scientists, conservation biologists, and other interested individuals and bird-watchers alike. The Christmas Bird Count takes place nationwide, in addition to the events in all five boroughs of New York City.


On Sunday, December 15th from 8-2:30pm, those who are interested in joining the count can meet up with the group at the South Pump Station of the Reservoir in Central Park. To get there, enter the park at 85th Street & 5th Avenue. All counting groups will be escorted by the Urban Park Rangers.

After a morning of data collection, the groups will convene at the Arsenal Gallery, located on the 3rd floor of the Arsenal building at 64th Street & 5th Avenue. During this compilation gathering, data will be tallied up and refreshments will be served.

The event is open to all. Here’s the official event page.

For more information about the bird count, please contact via email ChristmasBirdCount@nycaudubon.org. Dress warm, and don’t forget to bring binoculars!

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