Christmas Bird Counts in Utah

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 2023 Christmas Bird Count Schedule

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There is no required fee to participate.
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Article by Pomera Fronce

          * (Information from last year has the count name or information
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14 December,  (Thursday)

      Fish Springs NWR  (Will not be conducted in 2023)  
Fish Springs NWR CBC Thursday December 15th. Meet at the Fish Springs HQ building at 9am for assignments. For those unfamiliar with the area, Fish Springs NWR is located in a remote and isolated part of the West Desert. Cell phone service is limited or non-existent in the area. Access roads are unpaved and higher clearance vehicles are recommended for traveling to and from the refuge. Contact Keeli Marvel at or Patrick Moffet at to RSVP for the count. Limited overnight lodging is available at the refuge bunkhouse on a first-come first-serve basis. Please contact the Station Manager, Patrick Moffett to sign up for lodging.
     Grand Staricase-Escalante N.M.

Compiler:  Marvin Contraras at

15 December,  (Friday)

     Cedar City     
All birders are welcome to join us on this count. Previous experience is prefered, but we are willing to train new birders. Contact Danielle Finlayson at or phone (801) 231-1911.
Contact Lisa Church at
Everyone will meet at the BLM Paria River Distrct Conference room  669 S. Highway 89 A  830  am grab data forms and head out, feeder counts welcome. Email, E bird or paper results are welcome  

Call Lisa Church (435) 644-1273   
      Snake Valley, NV and UT  
For information contact Gretchen Baker at 775-234-7541 or email  
(Information from previous year:  Description:  The Snake Valley Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is located in White Pine County, Nevada, and Millard County, Utah. It includes the towns of Baker, NV and Garrison, UT; some of the eastern side of Great Basin National Park, and Pruess Reservoir. It has habitat from the desert floor - saltbrush, to sagebrush, to pinyon-juniper, to fir-spruce forests or mountain mahogany thickets. There are several creeks, stock ponds, irrigation ditches and a fish rearing station included.

Some years there is enough snow in the higher elevations for skiing bird counters! Bring snowshoes or skis, if you have them, just in case. There are a few pairs of snowshoes for loan up at the Park - Lehman Cave Visitor Center. Don't forget your digital camera and spotting scopes, too. Bring snacks - few businesses are open in the winter.  Since we are in such a remote location, we can always use more help! .

The count starts at 8 am and continue throughout the day. If you'd like to sign up or learn more, contact Gretchen Baker at 775-234-7541 or email  

Park info;
Area businesses;
16 December,  (Saturday)
      Bryce Canyon   Website    
 Please contact Peter Densmore (435-834-4744 at Bryce Canyon National Park for more information on the count and how to participate.
(Information form previous year: Whether you are a "bird nerd" or someone who just likes nature and the outdoors, please join Bryce Canyon National Park in continuing the CBC tradition. Several routes are available from strenuous hikes to easy drives. We can match your skills/abilities with other birders to make the day fun and successful.

Free t-shirts will be available for all birders.

The count will begin at 8:00am on Saturday, 12/16 at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center. The count will occur within a 15-mile diameter circle surrounding Bryce Canyon National Park. Please contact Peter Densmore (435-834-4744 at Bryce Canyon National Park for more information on the count and how to participate.)
      Evanston WY and UT  

Those interested in participating in the annual Evanston Christmas Bird Count (CBC) should meet 8:00 a.m., December 16th at the Down Home Eatery parking lot, 8 miles north of Evanston on Rt. 89 at County Road 103. 


The Evanston circle holds the all-time Christmas Bird Count record count for Greater Sage-Grouse, 698 in 1986. 


2,844 individual birds and 51 different species were tallied in the Evanston count last year. This will be the 42nd year for the Evanston CBC. About 40% of the count circle is in Utah.


For more details contact Tim Gorman at 307-679-0656 or


Christmas Bird Count, Saturday, December 16, 2023. Free, Pre-Registration Required.
Count Manager: Eric Bingham,
Home Sector: Hilary or .
Call or email to join a mobile sector or count from home if located inside the 15 mile diameter watch circle, centered on Main St. US 91 and Hyde Park Lane, 3600 N
This is our 67th count. Participate for a day or for a few minutes! Beginners and experts welcome!

Website:        Christmas Bird Count Page 


Contact event coordinator Marcy Hafner at 435-259-6197 or   .
Saturday, Dec. 16, 7:00 am - Ogden Christmas Bird Count. Meet at Denny's (take 21st Street to 1100 W., on the north side by the Flying J Plaza, Ogden) for breakfast and to get your assignment. It is an all day trip, so bring water and lunch.
      Ouray National Wildlife Refuge / Green River     
Whether you're a beginning bird watcher or an advanced birder, come and help gather data on birds at the Ouray National Wildlife Refuge! We are partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Audubon Society to host the 19th annual Ouray Christmas Bird Count. This will also mark Audubon's 124th Christmas Bird Count. Support over a century's worth of bird conservation work and enjoy a day exploring the great outdoors!
Here's a link for more details and to reserve a spot

  - Tonya Kieffer-Selby at 801-995-2972 or email -    
  - Anthony Christianson
at 435-828-0008 or email -     .
Provo CBC Saturday Dec 16th. We are holding our potluck and tally this year at 6pm at the Utah Lake State Park conference room, so bring a prepared food item to share and come join us at the end of the count day. Contact Keeli Marvel at or 801-602-9566 for count area assignments.
      Salt Lake City  
If you want to volunteer for this count, contact Ian Batterman, or call or text 920.360.0805) for more information. The CBC is a survey and not a typical birding field trip. The goal is to count all the bird species and individuals in an area, so it is a long and fast-paced day depending on which area you count.
From infomation contract Sandy Borthwick at
(Info from previous year: We will meet at 8 am on the 14th at the Chuckwagon General Store in Torrey.  Counting teams will depart that location by no later than 8:15-8:30 am.. As is the tradition for our Torrey CBC, there will be a group potluck the night before the count and a fun post count feed and party at Casa Jay after the count. To find out more contact Count Coordinator Jay Banta at   (preferred) or at 4354963600.    Map
Contact Adam Reimer at   (Info from previous year: This count circle falls within and adjacent to Zion National Park. Individual zones are pre-assigned before count day. Participants that pre-register with the compiler will have the park entrance fee waived. Count tally and pot luck starts at 5 PM in the Zion Nature Center located in the park.)
17 December,  (Sunday)
      Bears Ears   
Compiler: Chris Quirin  at
Location: (37.330800, -109.664052)
       Park City     
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2023 - 7:45 AM (SEVEN FORTY-FIVE) - 12:00 PM
Join us for the 14th annual Utah Birders Park City Christmas Bird Count! The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a census of birds performed annually in December and January by volunteer birders. The purpose is to provide population data for use in science, especially conservation biology--though many people participate just for fun.

We will meet at 7:45 AM (seven forty-five) at the Swaner EcoCenter in Park City for coffee and a snack, then split up into several teams to cover areas from Jordanelle north, to Jeremy Ranch and Summit Park east, to Rockport and Peoa.

If you have any questions feel free to visit us at or contact us at or Nate Brown at 970-978-1804,

We hope to see you on the 14th annual Park City CBC!
19 December,  (Tuesday)

Compiler: Lisa Young, email; phone 435-690-0548.

Turning in Data: You can scan and email your results to Lisa or leave them at the front desk of Anasazi State Park in Boulder.

Winter birds are rather scarce as of this writing, so we need as many people beating the bushes (literally) as possible. Hope to hear from you!



Tuesday, Dec. 19, 7:30/8:00 am - Morgan Christmas Bird Count. Meet at the Utah DWR (515 E. 5300 S., South Ogden) to carpool at 7:30. And/or meet at McDonald's in Morgan, 297 E 300 N, at 8:00 am. This is an all day trip so bring water and lunch. 

22 December,  (Friday)
      St. George  
Please join us for the St. George Christmas Bird Count on Friday, December 22. We need lots of birders, whether beginners or experts, to find all the feathered beasts using St. George as a winter hideout. The scenery is spectacular and our local naturalists can guide you to the best wintering birds. Please register with the lead compiler, Ken Hinton - (, 435-772-1019, leaving your name, contact information, and whether you’re familiar with the area. The CBC is the longest running citizen science effort in the world. Come be a part of the fun this year in southern Utah!

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 7:30/8:00 am - Morgan Christmas Bird Count. Meet at the Utah DWR (515 E. 5300 S., South Ogden) to carpool at 7:30. And/or meet at McDonald's in Morgan, 297 E 300 N, at 8:00 am. This is an all day trip so bring water and lunch. 

23 December,  (Saturday)
Payson CBC Saturday December 23rd. Contact Keeli Marvel at 801-602-9566 or for assignments.
     Silver Reef   . See map.
Join us for the historic Silver Reef Christmas Bird Count. This count covers diverse habitats in southwest Utah, including ponds, reservoirs, historical sites, red sandstone deserts and cliffs, and usually warm winter weather. Please register with the lead compiler, Marshall Topham, (, (435) 632-7841, with your name, contact information, and whether you’re familiar with the area. The CBC is the longest running citizen science effort in the world. Come be a part of the fun this year in southern Utah!

24 December,  (Sunday)

       Ogden Valley
Ogden Valley Christmas Bird Count. Contact Mike Hearell at 801-529-8693 or at to receive route assignments or additional participation information.

27 December,  (Wednesday)

      Bear River Refuge

Bear River Christmas Bird Count. Meet at the Bear River Refuge Headquarters' parking lot at 9:00am. We will divide into three teams to cover different areas. It is an all day trip, so bring water and lunch.

28 December,  (Thursday)

      Bear Lake (Utah Count)
Count circle extends from the Ut-Id line south to Laketown, Ut. About half of the land area is privately owned and half is managed by the USFS, BLM, and SITLA. 40% of the circle is covered by the waters of Bear Lake. Habitats includes lake shoreline, open water, residential, farm, riparian, big sagebrush, mountain brush, aspen and conifer. Count circle is divided into 6 count areas. 55 species and 2,000-3,000 birds are usually counted. December 30, 2018, will be the 22th consecutive count. Contact Dennis D. Austin at 1-435-245-4177.  
1 January,  (Monday)
      Antelope Island
Monday, Jan. 1, 8:00 am, Antelope Island Christmas Bird Count. Meet in the parking lot at the entrance to the park. We will divide into teams to cover the area. It is an all day trip, so bring water and lunch.
      Jensen /Dinosaur NM  
For information Kathy Paulin at:     
We meet at 0800 at the public welcome center/rest stop on Highway 40 in Jensen, UT. Half-day participation is OK. Most birding is from the road/car, but some walking/hiking is needed. 
For more info contact Kathy
      Jordan River    
  • Team leaders set start time and meeting place.
  • Folks should contact me for a team assignment and I will match them with a team leader.
4 January,  (Thursday)
      Heber Valley  
Join us at Wasatch Mountain State Park  and the surrounding area. We will meet at 8:00 am (until 5 pm) at the Visitor Center located at 1281 Warm Springs Road, Midway, Utah 84049.  For more information contact: Kathy Donnell at (435) 654-1791 or
5 January,  (Friday)
      Glen Canyon  (Page, AZ)  
Meet at NPS-Glen Canyon headquarters at 0730, on Highway 89 near Page Golf Course. be prepared for cold conditions, bring water, lunch and warm clothes. Some teams will be on Lake Powell or the Colorado River via boats.

Contact: John Spence at; 928-608-6267 or


 Information From Previous Years,  ↓ ↓ ↓  


25 December,  (Wednesday)

6 January,  (Thursday)

      Bear Lake (Idaho Count)  
Contact Dennis Austin @ 435-245-4177  or   for information and/or sign-up. (The Bear Lake CBC on the Utah side is on December 27th.


7 January,  (Friday)

       Dead Horse Point  
Looking for experienced birders to be route leaders and welcoming novice birders to join the fun. The count will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. All participants will need to pack a lunch, dress in layers, and bring lots of water. All participants will receive a free dayuse entry for the Park to be used at a later date. To sign-up to help with the Dead Horse Point State Park CBC, please email Crystal White at by January 2nd.

      Pipe Spring National Monument  (not being held in 2015)  
From 8 am to 5 pm. "It doesn't take long to cover Pipe Spring - it's only 40 acres... we do some road counts along the county road that goes past the monument and along AZ 389."    Contact:  Paula Ogden-Muse, "I would like folks to contact me about their interest to be sure that we meet each other at the visitor center at the correct time:" 928-643-7105 x 16 (Monday - Friday) or via email   .        Poster
      Bluff  (not held -- 2011 through 2014)  
Come help us count birds in one of the most scenic count areas in the United States. We'll have a pre-count meeting and make count area assignments Sunday evening (12/28) in the Recapture Lodge at 7 p.m. The count will begin at 7 a.m. Monday morning in the north parking lot of the Recapture Lodge and run until dusk. 
Recapture Lodge: 250 South Main Street, PO Box 309 Bluff, UT 84512, Phone 435-672-2281, Fax 435-672-2284    Contact:  Lu Giddings - 801-423-1682 or   .

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