Christmas Bird Count

Every year for 112 years, American bird enthusiasts have gathered between December 14 and January 5 for the Annual Christmas Bird Count (see the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s press release). The Bird Count is an annual census of bird populations that helps scientists understand bird population changes.

If you’re interested in Colorado’s birds, the Colorado Division of Wildlife has published a number of guidebooks that are available from our library. You can read about the Christmas Bird Count on the CDOW’s website, and you can also find out more about birding at the CDOW’s Colorado Birding Trail website. Some of the publications you can find in our library include the Colorado Wildlife Viewing Guide; A Birding Primer; and the Colorado Birding Trail guides for southeastern and southwestern Colorado. You can also check out a DOW video called Wonders on the Wing: Colorado’s Migratory Songbirds. If you like watching birds but don’t want to go far from home, check out How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard and Attracting and Feeding Birds in Winter.