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2021 Spring Bird Count


Summer Tanager by Debbie McKenzie.

April 24, 2021 All day

Seasonal bird counts have been a central part of Alabama Audubon’s work ever since its founding in 1946. This year, we’re continuing that tradition with three great counts, culminating in our fifty-seventh annual Spring Bird Count on Saturday, April 24th. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year we are not allowing field participants. We encourage you to participate at your home feeder or in your backyard!*

Spring migrants, resident hawks, large waders, even common birds like Northern mockingbirds and American robins, are all fair game—each sighting contributes to a half-century-long dataset with important information on shifting ranges, the effects of urbanization, and climate-related population changes.

*IMPORTANT: If you are reporting for Jefferson, Shelby, and St. Clair counties, the best way to submit your data is by creating an eBird list and tagging Greg Harber (gharber2). You may also email your sightings to Greg here. If you are in any other county outside of those three in Alabama, the best way to submit your data is by logging your sightings in eBird and tagging Alabama Audubon (ALAudubon). Alternatively, you may email these results to our Science & Conservation Director here. Click here for detailed instructions.

Compilation location: This spring, we will not have a compilation. We’ll publish our results in our quarterly newsletter Flicker Flashes. See the paragraph above for details for the best way for you to share your data with us.

Questions? Please email our Science & Conservation Director here.

More information: To learn more about how bird counts work, and to read the history of the one that started it all, check out National Audubon’s “History of the Christmas Bird Count” page.