Christmas Bird Count for Beginners

The National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count is the longest running community science project in the nation (more history here). Now, anyone can get in on the fun and contribute data used to monitor and protect birds!


Saturday, December 18, 2021





Birders of all ages and skill levels are welcome! All training will be provided virtually, before the count (see below for links).

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

Participants should bring binoculars and dress in warm clothing. We will be outside for the entire program. No binoculars? No problem! We will have binoculars and bird guides available to check out.

Please assess the health of everyone in your group before check-in. If you or anyone else planning on attending has any of the following symptoms or risk factors, we kindly ask that you refrain from attending: Fever, cough, new or increased shortness of breath, new decreased sense of smell or taste, sore or scratchy throat, muscle aches and pains, have been in contact or near anyone known to be infected with COVID-19 in the past two weeks.


Use the following link to register. Children cannot participate without an adult.


Virtual Training Materials

Review the following materials to prepare for the Christmas Bird Count! Questions? Email us at

What is the Christmas Bird Count?

History of the Christmas Bird Count

Birdwatching Basics


Bird ID Resources

Documenting Your Sightings

Which Birds Should I Learn to ID?

2020 Likely Birds for CBC4Beginners

Practice Your Bird ID Skills!

Take an eBird Quiz

  • Create or sign in to your eBird account.
  • Click the green Start Quiz button.
  • Customize your location as Salt Lake City, UT and your date as 12 December to generate a quiz based on birds commonly seen on the Christmas Bird Count.
  • Click the green Start Quiz button again.
  • Questions are multiple choice. After you choose your answer, you will see if you are correct. Then, tag the photo (optional) and rate it (required) to continue to the next question. Your rating and tags help the eBird database get stronger!