Local Audubon Bird Counts

Throughout the year across the country and here in the Hudson Valley tracking, enjoying and appreciating our birds is a wonderful activity. Here are three ways you can participate

Annual Spring Birdathon

Each Spring, teams of PHASers participate in a fun competition to see which team can identify the most bird species in our region.  On a single Saturday in May, teams have 24 hours to head out into fields, woods, lakes, marshes, towns, roadsides, parks, cities, and just about any other place one could think of, to identify by sight or sound, the birds present at that location.  The Birdathon is a fundraising event for PHAS, and is tremendous fun because of its social nature, and it helps us get data.  The information gathered is available to us, the public, and scientists to help answer questions about the health of bird populations from year to year or even to study what effects climate change may have on resident or migratory bird species.

2018 Birdathon Totals

  • Putnam Valley Bogtrotters = 112
  • Wappingers Creakers = 100 
  • Garrison Gumshoes = 108
  • Beakin Beginners = 58
  • Grand Total = 159 Species 

2017 Birdathon Totals

  • Putnam Valley Bogtrotters = 81
  • Wappingers Creakers = 79 
  • Garrison Gumshoes = 63
  • Beakin Beginners = 39
  • Grand Total = 132 Species 

Christmas Bird Count

The longest running citizen science survey in the world, the CBC provides critical data on population trends.  Tens of thousands of participants know that it is also a lot of fun.  Data from over 2,300 circles are entered after the count and become available to query under the Data & Research link provided on the National Audubon website.

This year's Putnam Christmas Bird Count will be announced in the fall. Contact us if you are interested in participating but need more information.  See More Here

Great Backyard Bird Count

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) was the first online citizen science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.  Since then, more than 100,000 people of all ages and walks of life have joined the four day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.  

We invite you to participate!  Simply tally the number and kinds of birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more of the days of the count.  You can count from any location, anywhere in the world.  Come on, try it!  Great Backyard Bird Count