Encouraging the appreciation, observation, study, conservation and protection of all components of the natural world.

© Jeff Thompson

Bird Count Results

Short-eared Owl, Dec 2012, E of High River
© Lynne Colborne

Nature Calgary’s Bird Study Group coordinates bird species counts for the Christmas and May counts in the Calgary area. In cooperation with other birding associations in southern Alberta we participate in counts from Bow Summit to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, and also in Feederwatch.

Christmas Bird Counts:

Christmas Bird Counts have taken place in the Calgary region since 1952, covering a circle 12.1 km in radius centred on the Louise Bridge (10th St NW) in Calgary.

The 64th Audubon count runs from December 14, 2016 to January 5, 2017. Results of the counts will be posted on this pagefollowing the completion of the events.

Audubon Society CBC — searchable results

Calgary Christmas Bird Count 2011 (60th):

Calgary Christmas Bird Count 2012 (61st):  Presentation

Calgary Christmas Bird Count 2013:  record number of participants on the 62nd count

Red-Winged Blackbird – © Phil Smith

Calgary Christmas Bird Count 2014: Presentation

Calgary Christmas Bird Count 2015: Presentation

May Species Counts:

May Species Counts have taken place in our area since 1976, covering a circle 80 km in radius centred on the Centre Street bridge in Calgary. (Flowering plants are counted by our Botany Group).

Summary of Results, 2012 MSC

Summary of Results, 2013 Part A

Results, 2013 Part B (Table of species by area)

Summary of Results, 2014

Results, 2014 (Table of species by area)

Results, 2015 (Table of species by area)

Cumulative May Count data:

Calgary May Species Count Multi-year 1979-2015

Brooks/Lake Newell 2011-2016

Milk River/Writing-on-Stone 2011-2016

Milk River/Writing-on-Stone 2001-2010