The Hamilton-Fairfield Christmas Bird Count includes several good birding spots in Butler County, including Gilmore Ponds, Voice of America, Hamilton Riverside Natural Area, and several Butler County Metro Parks.
The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the US, Canada and 19 countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out over a 24-hour period to count birds. Over 2,300 individual counts were conducted and over 71,000 people participated last year.
Count volunteers search for birds within a designated 15-mile (24-km) diameter circle while counting every bird they see or hear throughout the day. It’s not just a species tally; all individual birds are counted, giving an indication of the total number of birds within the circle that day. If observers live within a CBC circle, they may arrange in advance to count the birds at their feeders and submit those data to the count compiler. All individual CBC’s are conducted during the period beginning December 14th through January 5th each season, and each count is conducted during one calendar day.
CBC participants are organized into groups or field parties by the compiler of the count. Each field party covers a prearranged and specific area within the 15-mile diameter count circle. And everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate regardless of one’s birding skills. Compilers arrange field parties so that inexperienced observers are always out with seasoned CBC veterans. You don’t have to commit to the whole day either. You are welcome to participate for as long as you like; a half-day or even just a few hours would be great. If you live within a count circle you can choose to stay home and count the birds at your feeders.
Contact the compiler listed on this page for details about when and where to meet.