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Audubon Christmas Bird Count

December 18

Audubon Christmas at the Lake Erie Islands, Ohio

Walk the island from dawn to dusk listening, watching, counting. Enjoy the quiet time of year, or sit in your recliner and watch colorful winter birds visit  your bird feeder for a portion of the day. It all adds up with statistics from other birders around the country to give us a snapshot of how bird populations are doing. The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is in its 120th year. What a tradition to be a part of! This citizen science effort has given us data on changing bird populations, and is great fun! Birders everywhere will be out looking and counting. If you want to be part of this historical event, here is how locally.
The Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will be held in the Lake Erie Islands Count Circle on December 18, 2022. Participants will be needed on Kelleys, Pelee, and the Bass Islands that day. On South Bass, we need volunteers to listen for owls in the early morning, travel the island bird watching during the day, and to watch their feeders at home. On South Bass, we would love to have someone spend time at our island preserves to watch that day-any amount of time is good. We have a form that will help with observations recording time of day, time spent, distance traveled, weather conditions and a bird checklist. These areas are also listed as ebird hotspots-Massie Cliffside, Dodge Woods, Scheeff East Point, Cooper’s Woods, Jane Coates Wildflower Trail, Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center etc.

If you are interested in watching your feeders or traveling the South Bass Island for all or part of the day, call Lisa Brohl at (419) 366-2087 or e-mail at
We are also looking for birders or feeder watchers to help with Middle Bass and North Bass Contact Teddi Keith Morris(614-373-7533) or 419-285-0042 to participate on Middle Bass.
John Pogacnik, the official Count Circle Compiler, will be coordinating the efforts on Kelleys Island. Please correspond with him at or with Tom Bartlett at if you wish to help at Kelleys.

Participation in the Christmas Bird Count is free and a lot of fun! The data gathered over 100 years of the count show important trends in bird populations


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