Contests & Special Counts
Christmas Bird Count 2021
Posted 12/23/21      
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Sullivan Audubon is once again participating in the Christmas Bird Count this December. As a club, we first ran a count in 1950 and became an official circle for the National Audubon Society the following year. Birders from all around the world are a part of this tradition to count individual birds that began in 1900 by Frank Chapman. Christmas bird hunts were a traditional pastime and conservationists came up with the idea to counter the wanton killing.

Our Christmas Bird Count circle is centered within the county so that hotspots like the Bashakill, the Neversink River, Wolf Brook, and Kiamesha Lake are included along with lots of wooded roads. This past year, the Count circle was reviewed and new maps were created for participants. COVID protocols were enacted last year and will continue in place for the 2021 count. Instead of large groups covering wedges of the circle we now have multiple map configurations that can accommodate new and veteran counters alike.

The Sullivan County Christmas Bird Count will be held on December 30, 2021 and will be our 71st year! We are always in need of feeder counters so please submit the total number of birds seen on that date along with the species. And if you are an experienced birder with familiarity of the county think about taking on a section of the circle. Contact Patrick Dechon at for more information.
Patrick Dechon