Glacier Bay Christmas Bird Count

A cold day on the Christmas Bird count in Glacier bay
Glacier Bay Christmas Bird Count 2010

T. VandenBerg

Location of every Christmas Bird Count
Location of Christmas Bird Count surveys

Each year, from December 14 through January 5 tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission – often before dawn. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.

The data collected by observers over the past century allow researchers, conservation biologists, and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. When combined with other surveys such as the Breeding Bird Survey, it provides a picture of how the continent's bird populations have changed in time and space over the past hundred years.

The Glacier Bay/Gustavus Christmas Bird Count has taken place every winter since 1969.
Learn more about the birds of Glacier Bay here.

Two trumpeter swans

2021 Glacier Bay Christmas Bird Count
Results, summary, and photos!
2021 marks the 49th year in which the Christmas Bird Count has been completed in Glacier Bay and its neighboring town of Gustavus!

Visit the official Audubon Christmas Bird Count website for complete lists and charts of every count for each year

Last updated: January 18, 2022

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