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Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is an annual winter bird census administered by the Audubon Society and is the oldest community science bird project in the nation.

The history of the CBC dates to Christmas Day 1900 and was created in response to concerns about declining bird populations. These days, the count occurs annually between a fixed date of December 15 – January 5, with individual circles choosing a date for their counts within this timeframe. What started as an event involving 27 people in 25 locations has grown to one with up to 81,601 people and 2,646 counts (120th season – 2019-2020).

Minnewaska-Shawangunk CBC

The Minnewaska-Shawangunk circle was added in the 119th season (2018-2019) to the thousands of other active circles.

The circle includes diverse habitat including grasslands, mountains, cliffs, streams, lakes, and many types of forests.

Some of the natural areas within the circle include the majority of Minnewaska State Park Preserve, a small section of Mohonk Preserve, the Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge, sections of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, and many local parks.