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Engaging Young Birders in Citizen Science

By Liza Barney, Science Educator, Bird Studies Canada

Photo: Bruce Mackenzie

The Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids) is a winter birdwatching event that shares the fun of the traditional CBC with new generations of young birders across North America. Coordinated nationally by Bird Studies Canada, with events hosted by local naturalist groups, the CBC4Kids connects youth with experienced birders, builds bird identification and monitoring skills, and contributes observations to Citizen Science through eBird. Last season, 110 bird species were reported from 54 CBC4Kids events across Canada!

What’s it like to be part of one of these exciting events? Watch our CBC4Kids video!

There are many ways to participate. Plan an event in your community, club, or school! New resources are available to help coordinators plan events, including the 2017 event poster, region-specific photo ID guide tools, and the electronic data submission form.

Find an event near you and participate with friends and family! Search our map to find events being hosted across Canada. Details for each event are noted on this page.

Connect with us to learn more, promote your event, share photos, and follow along!


Twitter: @BSC_Education and #CBC4Kids

Facebook: Christmas Bird Count for Kids Group


In Canada, the Christmas Bird Count for Kids is supported nationally by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation and Armstrong Bird Food. The CBC4Kids was established in the U.S. by Sonoma Birding in 2007. Bird Studies Canada is the Canadian partner.


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