Bird Counts

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At Mason Farm -Photo By David Anderson

NHBA sponsors Spring and Christmas bird counts each year in a count circle centered in the area of Jordan Lake in Chatham County (count circle map). We encourage participants of all stripes—beginners and experts, young and old. If you have never counted before, we will team you up with more experienced people.

For detailed information about each of these counts, click on these links:
Jordan Lake Spring Bird Count
Jordan Lake Christmas Bird Count

NEW: Visit our new Bird Count Charts page to explore our historical data going back to 1977 for both our Spring and Christmas Bird Counts. On this page you may generate graphs of the abundance of individual bird species over time, and you may also download spreadsheets of the cumulative data.

In addition to the Jordan Lake Spring and Christmas bird counts, NHBA organizes quarterly Bald Eagle counts at Jordan Lake (inquire by sending us an email) and promotes the Mini Breeding Bird Surveys in Orange, Durham, and Chatham Counties. There are also many other bird counts in North and South Carolina. Follow these links for more information:

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