Bird Counts / Surveys

Ogeechee Audubon conducts several bird counts / surveys throughout the year.

Ogeechee Audubon’s birding activities generally go as scheduled in a drizzle or light rain, but will be cancelled with a downpour or if there is lightning in the area. Unfortunately, we don’t always know the severity of the weather in advance and therefore the decision to cancel a birding activity will likely be made in the field. If there isn’t a designated leader for the activity, please use abundant caution during inclement weather.

Bring binoculars, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, water and snacks or lunch to all field birding activities.

Bird Counts

Basic bird counts are a good way to estimate population size, detect changes in population size or species diversity. The Christmas Bird Count ( CBC) is a census of birds in the Western Hemisphere, performed annually in the early Northern-hemisphere winter by volunteer birdwatchers and administered by the National Audubon Society. The purpose is to provide population data for use in science, especially conservation biology, though many people participate for recreation.

Ogeechee Audubon participates each year in the National Audubon Christmas Bird Count.  Ogeechee Audubon is responsible for two CBC areas, Harris Neck and Savannah.  Harris Neck survey occurs in late December while the Savannah survey is at the beginning of January.  The public, no matter what birding skill level, is welcome to participate in both surveys. 

Length of time will vary but could be as long as 4 hours. 

Upcoming Bird Counts


Surveys are conducted to gather data regarding bird populations at a defined time, in a defined area for a defined purpose.  Surveys are more rigorous than bird walks or field trips.  Surveys are conducted with a specific purpose in mind and the data that is collected will be submitted by the survey leader only and shared with the participants.  These surveys are led by a core survey team.  Ogeechee Audubon members are invited to participate in survey activity as citizen scientists and expected to stay for the length of the survey.  Surveys are only open to Ogeechee Audubon Members who register and are confirmed by the Core team prior to each survey.

Length of time will vary but could be as long as 4 hours.  

Upcoming Surveys