2018-2019 Annual Christmas Bird Counts


All birdwatchers, whether beginner, intermediate, or advanced, are invited to join us on one or more Christmas Bird Counts.  Taking place across the nation since 1900, data collected by observers allows researchers and conservation biologists to study the long-term health and status of bird populations.  A 15 mile radius circle is divided into sections, with different parties assigned to each section.  Contact Count Compiler (for Denver, Denver Urban, and Douglas County CBC) for section leaders, meeting times, locations and to join a team.

SAVE THE DATE! 65th Denver Christmas Bird Count- Saturday, December 15, 2018

Count Leader/Compiler:  Joey Kellner (303-978-1748), vireo1@comcast.net

All are encouraged to participate in the annual Denver Christmas Bird Count (CBC) sponsored the National Audubon Society.

Fees: None!  So, no excuses!  Come have a great time and help count birds!  Beginners and experts all welcome!

The 15-mile diameter “count circle” is subdivided into the 24 “count areas” listed below, each area with a leader.  Stay tuned for future announcements with the contact information for each area leader.  Once all Area Leaders are determined, to participate, contact the specific Area Leader for an area you are interested in helping out in or contact the Count Compiler (contact information above) if you would like to help in an area that still needs additional observers.

At the end of the day come to the compilation and potluck! After a day in the field, all participants are invited to attend the compilation meeting/potluck to feast, warm up, chat with other birders, and find out how the count fared. It is a lot of fun.  The compilation meeting will be at approximately 5pm at the Chatfield State Park Headquarters (south side of the lake near the Heronry Overlook); State Parks vehicle entry pass required. Feel free to bring a dish or dessert to share!  IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to construction at the time of the Christmas Bird Count the Chatfield State Park Headquarters can ONLY be accessed from the Roxborough Road entrance on the south side of the park off Titan Road.

Area Number and LocationArea Leader Phone Number
Red Rocks Park
Lower Bear Creek
Bear Creek Lake Park
Bow Mar/Marston
Lower South Platte - East
Lower South Platte - West
Highline Ditch
Plum Creek
Middle South Platte - West
Middle South Platte - East
Chatfield State Park
Upper South Platte *
Lower Deer Creek (Chatfield Arboretum)
Upper Deer Creek      
Yegge Peak                
Doublehead Mountain  
North Turkey Creek          
Indian Hills
Upper Bear Creek 
Ken Caryl Ranch 
Garrison Gate 
Willow Creek        
Mount Lindo/Willow Springs    Bob Shade 

* to participate in this area, you must contact the area leader no later than Monday, December 12th.
A few areas still need a leader/leader duo – If interested PLEASE contact the Compiler.

Douglas County Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 29, 2018

The Douglas County Circle of the Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 7:30am to 4pm. We have about 12 teams that go out and cover different areas of Douglas County. Birders of all abilities are encouraged to sign up for a team. Information is available through the Audubon CBC website. If you would like to be placed on a team please email Nancy Crews at: NBCrews46@msn.com. Final deadline to register is Monday, December 24, 2018.

Walking distance and difficulty of the trails will vary with the count area, and the elevations will range from approximately 5,000 to 8,000 feet.  Many areas involve mostly driving, with birding stops along the way.

Potluck:  There will be a compilation of Birds and a Chili potluck after the count.  The chili potluck costs $2.50 and birders are asked to bring a dish to share.  The chili potluck will be held at the Roxborough Park Foundation Community Center at 6237 Roxborough Drive, Littleton, CO 80125.

Denver Urban Christmas Count
Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A holiday tradition – everyone welcome: beginners, intermediate, and advanced. The more eyes we have, the more birds we see. And we like to encourage people to get involved. Start the New Year with a half day or whole day effort – a good way to start 2019! The count covers a circle with a 15-mile diameter that includes the Platte River from north city limits to Mississippi, west to Buckley Field & Rocky Mountain Arsenal.

Potluck: 5:00pm after the count, Washington Park United Church of Christ, 400 S. Williams St. Parking lot to the north and accessible entrance off the alleyCall Urling -303-814-2723 to RSVP and to enjoy chili potluck, Urling’s brownies, & your salad, dessert, veggie, or finger foods. Feel free to come even if you don’t RSVP.

Count Leader, Hugh Kingery 303-814-2723 or 720-626-9566.  To go on the count, contact area leader for that section.  For those marked Txt, you may either text or phone the leader.

Area LocationLeader contact LeaderArea comments
South Platte South To Confluence Park303-798-8072Doris CruzeWalking
South Platte Central Confluence Park to Riverside Cemetery303-744-0613Casey DavenhillSome walking
South Platte North303-278-8035Dick SchottlerSome walking
Lower Sand Creek/Commerce City/Montbello720 581 2711 (Texting welcome)Mike SerrutoSome walking
Aurora: Buckley Road/First Creek trail/Parkfield Lake Park303 885 6955
Patrick O’DriscollWalking & Driving
Aurora: Bluff Lake, Star K, south to CCSPNeed leaderTBASome walking
Aurora: Coal Creek Env. Ctr/ Buckley Field303-814-2725Karen MetzWalking, some car
Buckley Field (half-day)
Cherry Creek Res. State Park.720 431 3899
Jeff DawsonSome walking
Cherry Creek, dam to University Blvd.303-422-3728
Paul Slingsby 8.1 mile trek
SE Denver, N/Hampden303 941 7009
Mary KeithlerWalking
Kent School, S/Hampden303-757-7000 Lynn WillcocksonWalking, some car
City Park/Park Hill720-482-8454Kevin CorwinCar, some walking
Botanic Gardens, Wash. Park, Denver Country Club720 333 2551 (txt)
720 579 1791 (txt)
Marilyn Rhodes
Bob Santangelo
Car, some walking
Rocky Mtn. Arsenal303-814-2723 Urling KingeryCar, some walking
Fairmont, Lowry area 303 979 6211Ann Bonnell, Tuesday BirdersCar, some walking