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Volunteering with Bird Counts

There are several ways one can help monitor bird populations in the Mountain State.

Backyard Winter Bird Count

Each year the WVDNR collects information in its Winter Bird Count which lasts 12 weeks beginning in November. Observations take place at one’s backyard bird feeder on the weekends and there is a simple tally sheet to fill out. This can be a fun family activity!

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Christmas Bird Count

The National Audubon Society sponsors an annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) which usually takes place on one day anytime from mid-December to early January. Currently there are 17 CBCs done across West Virginia each year. Locations include Canaan Valley, Charles Town, Charleston, Hampshire County, Huntington, Inwood (Berkeley County), Lewisburg, McDowell County, Morgantown, Oak Hill, Ona (Cabell County), Parkersburg, Pendleton County, Pipestem State Park area, Raleigh County, Wheeling and Elkins.For more information contact your local bird club or richard.s.bailey@wv.gov. For general information on the CBC, go to http://www.audubon.org/bird/cbc/index.html


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