What is "Community Science"?

"Citizen" or community-based science is a method of engaging people of all ages in systematic field data collection that is recorded, analyzed, shared, and used by organization, institutions, policymakers, and regulators. 

Audubon has a long tradition of participating in community science. Started in 1900, the Christmas Bird Count is the oldest continuous running community science program nationwide! 

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THE 118th Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

The first Christmas Bird Count was held on Christmas Day in 1900, with 27 participants in 25 locations, as an alternative to the Side Hunt that was traditional at that time. This new idea was to count, rather than shoot, the birds seen. It has truly caught on, and expanded a bit, as last year’s CBC included over 50,000 participants in almost 2,000 locations! 

This is the longest ongoing citizen science project in the world — as we count every bird heard or seen in our count circle. It's a fine tradition that is enjoyable as well as useful by providing data for various scientific projects and studies. Learn more!

After a day in the field, we meet to share dinner stries of the day and total-up the species at our tally dinnerat Tacoma Nature Center (Snake Lake), starting at 4:30 pm. The meal is provided at a suggested donation of $6 per birder. 

You can sign up directly with one of our 8 area coordinators or if you are unsure of where you want to count, you can email or call the CBC Coordinator, Faye McAdams Hands or 253-278-3712.

Other local CBC Events in Washington — It's not too late to participate! 


Great Backyard Bird Count

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

Join Tahoma Audubon for this FREE Great Backyard Bird Count for kids & families at the Adriana Hess Audubon Center in University Place.

Start with a quick introduction to birding in your backyard, then head outdoors with naturalists to observe and count birds in this urban park. Bring your binoculars or share ours. Children under 12 years of age need an adult with them, and one adult per two children is recommended.

Limited to 20 people (kids & adults) per session. Please include number of kids and adults, and ages of kids when they register, and include phone contact in case of cancellation (heavy rain may cancel event as birds will be hiding!) 

Register here for the morning session, 9- 10:30 a.m.

Register here for the afternoon session, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.