Christmas Bird Count

Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, December 31
6:00 am – noon
Free to attend
Ages 13 and up

If you are interested in joining the Arboretum team, please register below.

Bay-breasted Warbler

Visit our Christmas Bird Count page to learn more about CBC’s, find other counts, view past results, and more!

Why get up at the crack of dawn in the middle of winter just to count birds? Because it’s a great chance to see American Woodcocks, Rufous Hummingbirds, American Kestrels, and more! Join your fellow bird watchers in this amazing 117 year-old tradition – the longest-running citizen science project in the world. The count is run by the National Audubon Society and provides crucial data for monitoring North American bird populations. You don’t have to be an expert, just enthusiastic. Pre-registration is required.

Schedule: Bring your own snacks, camera, notebook, weather-appropriate clothing, binoculars if you have them (we’ll have some available to borrow), and money for lunch. At 6:15 am we’ll head straight to the Meadow, then split up to cover the trails. We’ll meet back at the building at 9:00 am for a coffee break. We’ll split up again to cover any remaining trails, then meet back at the building at noon. Afterwards, we’ll head to an optional lunch at Beck’s Prime in Memorial Park to compile our results.

If you would like to count in a different area within the Buffalo Bayou CBC, contact Adam Wood at or (713) 515-1692. If you live outside of west Houston, check the Houston Audubon Society website for a CBC near you.

Christmas Bird Count Registration


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