Members of the Red Deer River Naturalists take part in the May Species Count and the Christmas Bird Count. We have recorded the data by decades as listed in the links to the left. Interested persons can access the databases by clicking on the appropriate decade. There are gaps in the data, especially for 1984 and 1985. As old records are located, these gaps will be filled. To date, data for the 70’s is only available for 1978 and 1979.

The area surveyed is centered around Red Deer. It extends approximately to Raven in the west, Alix in the east, Lacombe in the north and Bowden in the south.

Permission is hereby granted for any or all of this data to be used by interested persons as they wish if Red Deer River Naturalists is given credit as the source.

You can take part in the species count. Get a printable copy of the Christmas Bird Count Tally Sheet

Central Alberta Christmas Bird Count

Our count is held on the Sunday before Christmas, but please check Coming Events for any changes. You can also check the December Newsletter for up-to-date details. Everyone is invited to take part in this event.

Join the Red Deer River Naturalists and Kerry Wood Nature Centre in the Christmas Bird Count (CBC).

CBC starts at 9 a.m. and continues to 5 p.m. You can also OWL (count before 9 or after 5) if you wish. There is no minimum time limit, and you can watch your feeders, or count birds on foot, skis, or by car. Just be sure to count within a count circle (zone).

Print a copy of the Christmas Bird Count Tally Sheet, click here, choose a place to count the birds. (Map and instructions in the December newsletter or on the website under programs, species count) Please register where you will be counting with Judy Boyd (403-358-1098) so there will be no duplication of counts. 

Tally sheets must be received by December 29th. Please be sure to fill in all the required information on weather, kilometres, hours spent watching, etc. You may drop sheets off (Attn: Judy Boyd) at Kerry Wood Nature Centre 6300 – 45 Avenue Red Deer, AB T4N 3M4 or mail to RDRN Box 785 Red Deer, Alberta T4N 5H2 or email to rdrn.nature@gmail.com, put “CBC” in the subject line.

If you have any questions, please call Judy Boyd 403-358-1098. Thanks for participating in the CBC  – you will be collecting data for the biggest and longest-running bird census in the world!

You can record any interesting or unusual bird seen any time during the Count Week (three days before and three days after the official Count Day). Please make sure, though that you mark down when and where you saw the bird and what the bird was doing (i.e. flying south or sitting in a bush.)

Good Birding!