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“No bird soars too high if he soars on his own wings.”

- William Blake


Next Count:
December 28, 2016



About the Count:
The National Audubon Society started the Christmas Bird Count in 1899. These surveys are held across the country at the same time of the year.

The goal of the count is to gather data that will help us better understand bird populations and trends.

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy has been coordinating the Central Loudoun Christmas Bird Count since 1997.
Learn more about the Christmas Bird Count.

Wilson Warbler

Wilson Warbler, Waterford 2004
Logistics of the Count:
A few weeks prior to the count, we send an announcement to members and non-members alike who would like to participate in the count. Teams are formed.

On the day of the count, teams meet up and go out for their nature walks to bird areas that range from Ashburn to Leesburg to Waterford.

Participants keep a tally for the sector in which they are counting and submit the data at the end of the day.

What to Bring:
Need to Bring
- Water
- Lunch
- Binoculars
- Warm clothes

Nice to Have
- Camera
- Field Guide
- Pad and Pen

At the end of the day, we hold a “Tally Rally” dinner as a thank you to participants as well as to share experiences from the day and preliminary data as it rolls in.

Beginner and experienced birders are all welcome! Join us for a few hours or a full day. Great for adults and families. If you're interested in participating just fill out the form below.

The Count Circle:

Our count circle is 15 miles in diameter (7.5 mile radius), covering an area of 177 square miles. Click on the image above to open a larger version as a PDF.

View the CBC Data:

Bird Resources:

Things You Can Do For Birds:

Sign Up for our Annual Central Loudoun Christmas Bird Count - December 28, 2016:
Note: All of the above fields are required. We do not share email or address information with any organizations. This is for Loudoun Wildlife purposes only so we can contact you if needed.

How long would you like to count?
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Experience level:
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