The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is heading into its 119th year of existence. Sponsored by the National Audubon Society, individuals take part in a full day of counting the number of birds observed on a set route. To get involved with a CBC circle in your area, please reach out to the Compiler for the Count Circle. In order to do this, please use the information provided below, which is a mirror of what is provided on the Official Audubon CBC Website. Please use this map to zoom in to your desired region, then select the icon at the center of each Count Circle for more information.

Please Note: Some Count Circles span across multiple states but nevertheless contain some portion of area within Virginia. These are identified in the Count Circle column by listing the states spanned in parentheses following the title (in decreasing order of land area contained). Some of these circles contain only a very small fraction of the total count area in Virginia and are listed here solely for the sake of being thorough.

Count Circle Date Compiler Compiler Comments
Athens-Princeton Area (WV & VA) 26 Dec 2018 (Wednesday) Ronald Canterbury (ron.canterbury@uc.edu) The Athens/Princeton area CBC is revamped from the one conducted by Dr. Bibbee many years ago (see the 47th CBC issue of Audubon Field Notes) . It will include the city of Princeton and Athens, to within 4 miles of Peterstown (Monroe County), Camp Creek, Lake Shawnee, and to Glenlyn, VA. The count circle is modified somewhat from data included in the 47th, 49th, 51st, 55th, 57th, and 61st CBCs. I welcome all participants. The habitat is mainly upland mixed deciduous forests, with scattered farms and clearings, some area along the New River, and cities. Please contact me if you would like to participate. Ron Canterbury and The Southern WV Bird Research Center roncanterbury@aol.com
Augusta County 15 Dec 2018 (Saturday) Allen Larner (larnersky@mindspring.com)
Back Bay (VA & NC) 29 Dec 2018 (Saturday) Tracy Tate (tltaterbug44@gmail.com) Please contact: Tracy Tate (tltaterbug44@gmail.com) or Andrew Baldelli (andrewbaldelli@hotmail.com) to be added to the group emails for this count, and/or to indicate that you plan to help with the count and need to be assigned to an area.
Banister River 16 Dec 2018 (Sunday) Jeffrey C. Blalock (jcbabirder@gcronline.com) The Banister River Wildlife Management Area Count includes the towns of South Boston and Halifax and includes part of Staunton River State Park with both the Staunton River and Dan River. Several WMA's are located within the count circle.
Big Flat Mountain TBA Tom Wieboldt (thos.wieboldt@gmail.com) Historically, the count has primarily been a walking count. Many years have had only walking miles, no miles by auto. It is desired that this be continued for consistency sake and in the spirit of mountain birding. Road access is very limited, but walking routes from road and trail access points can be worked out. Please contact the compiler for this. The area is predominately forested. Being a mountainous area, it is generally cold, often windy, and birds can be few in number and diversity. From the outset, the count was intended to draw a comparison between birdlife in the mountains and that of surrounding lower elevations.
Blackford TBA Robert Riggs (bob26@insight.rr.com) Contact Bob Riggs at 276-780-2597 to participant.
Blacksburg 15 Dec 2018 (Saturday) Patricia Polentz (polentz@va.net) Participants sign up for the Blacksburg CBC at the November or December meeting of the New River Valley Bird Club. Please contact Patricia Polentz (polentz@va.net) by December 10th if you wish to participate but can not come to the December meeting. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month. Check the NRV Bird Club web site (nrvbirdclub.org) for meeting time and location.
Breaks Interstate Park (VA & WV) 15 Dec 2018 (Saturday) Dave Raines (rainbrk@gmail.com) We meet at the Park's Visitor Center each year at 8:00a.m. Which is located 2 miles from the entrance.The park has a restaurant and over night facilities. We usually have any were from 2 to 10 people to help us count. Chili or a small meal will be provided free of charge to counting participants as a thanks for making the Breaks Park Christmas Bird Count possible.
Bristol (VA & TN) 30 Dec 2018 (Sunday) Richard Lewis (mountainbirds@gmail.com) Please contact me at mountainbirds@gmail.com if you would like to participate.
Brooke (VA & MD) 14 Dec 2018 (Friday) Steve Hilburger (sbhilburger@gmail.com) Supper and count tally at Laurel Bybell and Dave Govoni's house in Nokesville, VA the evening of the count. Fallback date, in case of bad weather, December 15.
Buchanan (VA & WV) TBA Lynda Mayhorn (lsmayhorn@gmail.com) For further information feel free to contact Roger Mayhorn or Lynda Mayhorn on FB or at rmayhorn@gmail.com
Calmes Neck (VA & WV) 5 Jan 2019 (Saturday) Margaret Wester (margaretwester@hotmail.com) Located in the Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, our circle center is the Route 7 bridge where it crosses the Shenandoah River and includes parts of Clarke and Loudoun counties. We have a wide variety of habitat-open field to wooded slopes to water habitats. Our circle is divided into 12 sections and participants often divide those sections up into 2 parties or more. Sections have a group leader. After they have committed to participate, they usually form their own group for the section. Contact Margaret Wester via e-mail margaretwester@hotmail.com (compiler) and we will hook you up with a section leader as available.
Cape Charles 30 Dec 2018 (Sunday) George Armistead (armistead.george@gmail.com) Interested folks please contact me at: armistead.george@gmail.com, or via Facebook or Instagram.
Central Loudoun (VA & MD) 28 Dec 2018 (Friday) Joseph Coleman (joecoleman@rstarmail.com) Everyone welcome; new birders will be placed with experienced participants. If interested sign up online or contact me at joecoleman@rstarmail.com or 540-554-2542.
Chancellorsville 30 Dec 2018 (Sunday) Beverly Arnold (catbirds@verizon.net) Birders and feeder-watchers at all experience levels are needed. Experienced birders that would be willing to take on a leadership role in their assigned sectors are also needed. The CCBC occurs primarily in Spotsylvania County and the northeast corner of Orange County. It includes the Chancellorsville, Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse battlefields.
Charles Town (WV & VA) 15 Dec 2018 (Saturday) Bob Dean (bobdean52@gmail.com) Thanks for your interest in the Charles Town, WV CBC. Please send me your email address. Indicate your relative level of birding skills. I will provide you with contact info for your group, post count compilation meeting location, etc. as soon as plans are finalized.
Charlottesville 16 Dec 2018 (Sunday) Jennifer Gaden (jengaden@gmail.com) Contact me at jengaden@gmai;.com. Any new participant will be assigned to an exisiting team with a possible exception of very experienced people starting a new route or taking over one no longer being covered.
Chatham TBA Mary Foster (chathambirds08@hotmail.com) Please contact Mary Foster at chathambirds08@hotmail.com for more information!
Chincoteague (VA & MD) 29 Dec 2018 (Saturday) Kevin Holcomb (kevin_holcomb@fws.gov) All count participants must check with the compiler before Dec. 29th in order to receive sector assignments. Please contact Kevin Holcomb by calling (757)336-6122 ext. 2319 or by email at Kevin_Holcomb@fws.gov
Crisfield (MD & VA) TBA Paul Bystrak (shrike@comcast.net) The compilation dinner is held at the compiler's house west of Salisbury. Directions are available on request.
Danville (VA & NC) 29 Dec 2018 (Saturday) Laura Meder (laura.meder@averett.edu) If you are interested in participating in the Danville area count this year, please email laura.meder@averett.edu.
Dismal Swamp TBA Jen Wright (jennifer_wright@fws.gov)
Fincastle TBA Barry Kinzie (peckerridge@ntelos.net) 540-992-2743
Fort Belvoir (VA & MD) 30 Dec 2018 (Sunday) Kurt Gaskill (kurtcapt87@verizon.net) This count circle covers large areas of public lands, some of which are specially opened for the count - National Wildlife Refuges, State Parks, County Parks, watershed protective zones, historical estates, etc.. Examples are Huntley Meadows, Ft Hunt, Mt Vernon, Ft Belvoir Accotink Wildlife area, Pohick Regional Park, Mason Neck NWR, Mason Neck SP, Meadowood, Occ. Bay NWR, Julie Metz, Leesylvania SP, Burke Lake, Lake Accotink, Colonial Farms Md, Pr Georges County natural areas, and various stream valley corridors. Most teams consist of 3 people and are in the field from a few hours to all day, owling teams are encouraged! Strong base of volunteers that are familiar with the terrain complement the skill set of new volunteers. Interim Compiler: Phil Silas, email: epsdcva@aol.com (preferred), home phone: 703-590-7286
Glade Spring 27 Dec 2018 (Thursday) Ronald Harrington (roneharrin@bvu.net) New participants may contact me via e-mail, roneharrin@bvu.net or by calling 276-669-4948 or 423-646-2558.
Gordonsville 16 Dec 2018 (Sunday) Buzz Van Santvoord (vansantvoord@verizon.net) Meeting place is at Hardee's on the West side of the Gordonsville, VA traffic circle at 7:15 am Buzz Van Santvoord, compiler 540-672-5759/540-661/6283 vansantvoord@verizon.net
Hampshire County (WV & VA) 29 Dec 2018 (Saturday) Vini Schoene (vini1@earthlink.net) We gather at Cold Stream Lodge in Capon Bridge the evening before to get ourselves sorted out. Dinner is available, there is modern plumbing, and it is warm enough to sleep in a THICK sleeping bag. Tally is the evening of the count, after dinner, and you can spend that night at Cold Stream as well. Notify us that you are coming and we'll send you directions!
Hopewell 16 Dec 2018 (Sunday) Arun Bose (arun1bose@gmail.com) Contact arun1bose@gmail.com if you wish to participate and for further details. Let me know your skill level, prior CBC experience, and how long you want to spend the field (half day, all day, etc.). Also helpful to know if you prefer birding in a group or with a few people or solo. Thanks!
Inwood (WV & VA) 5 Jan 2019 (Saturday) Bob Dean (bobdean52@gmail.com) Thanks for your interest in the Inwood, WV CBC. Please send me your email address. Indicate your relative level of birding skills. I will provide you with contact info for your group, post count compilation meeting location, etc. as soon as plans are finalized.
Kingsport (TN & VA) 29 Dec 2018 (Saturday) William Grigsby (wgrigs@gmail.com) Please contact Bill Grigsby at wgrigs@gmail.com or birdingkingsport@gmail.com to get information on count team leaders and meeting locations.
Lake Anna 5 Jan 2019 (Saturday) Donna Finnegan (toadrana@gmail.com) This year's compiler is Donna Finnegan toadrana@gmail.com We need people so send me an email! Thank you...
Lexington TBA Dick Rowe (rowera@vmi.edu) Contact: Dick Rowe - email: rowera@vmi.edu phone: 540-464-7434 (o) 540-464-5972 (h) The Lexington Area CBC is held annually and, generally, on the Saturday before Christmas in December.
Little Creek 29 Dec 2018 (Monday) Nick Flanders (flicknanders@hotmail.com) Contact : Nick Flanders (flicknanders@hotmail.com, 757-812-8383) or Elisa Flanders (elisaenders@hotmail.com, 757-879-1034) ahead of time. You can call or text us at our phone numbers. Participants can count birds for part or all of the day. A compilation will be held at the end of the day (after dark).
Lynchburg 15 Dec 2018 (Saturday) John Styrsky (styrsky.j@lynchburg.edu) Party leaders on this CBC have pre-assigned territories that they cover, year after year. Please contact the compiler (styrsky.j at lynchburg.edu) to be assigned to one of these CBC parties.
Manassas-Bull Run 16 Dec 2018 (Sunday) Phil Silas (epsdcva@aol.com) Volunteers Sought for Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count 2018. The Audubon Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) will be holding its 37st annual Manassas- Bull Run Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 16. We're looking for volunteers to help count the area around Centreville, including Manassas National Battlefield Park, Bull Run Regional Park, undeveloped areas along Bull Run Post Office Road, and many other locations. Novice birders through experts are welcome; novices will be teamed up with seasoned birders. A lunch will be hosted by ASNV from 11:30 - 1:00PM. Details will be provided to all volunteers. Please join us! For more information or to register, please contact Compiler Phil Silas at epsdcva@aol.com or call 703-987-0817.
Mathews TBA Joyce McKelvey (mathewsbirdcount@yahoo.com) Anyone interested in information about this count should contact: Joyce McKelvey , co-compiler CBC. E-mail: mathewsbirdcount@yahoo.com. Cell phone: (804)725-6859. The landline phone may not be as satisfactory.
Mount Rogers-White Top Mountain (VA, NC & TN) 15 Dec 2018 (Saturday) Allen Boynton (allenboynton@centurylink.net) Participants will meet to receive area assignments at 7:30 A.M. on the morning of the count at The Log House Restaurant https://goo.gl/maps/ywUJsgDnQCk in Volney, Virginia. Contact compiler Allen Boynton (276-525-2566 or allenboynton@centurylink.net) for more information. This is a high-elevation area and winter weather is the norm. When you participate in this count, you should be prepared for cold temperatures, wind, or snow! Note: This is an earlier date than usual. I am going to be out of the country during January and February and therefore need to get this count done early.
Nansemond River 2 Jan 2019 (Wednesday) Robert Ake (rake@cox.net) http://www.clwillis.com/BirdingVA/NRVA/index.htm
Nassawaddox 16 Dec 2018 (Sunday) Harry Armistead (harryarmistead@hotmail.com) interested participants please contact me at harryarmistead @ hotmail dot com or 215-248-4120. thank you.
New River (NC & VA) 21 Dec 2018 (Friday) Jay Martin (jay@blueridgediscoverycenter.org) New River CBC is located in NW North Carolina, Alleghany County and SW Virginia, Grayson County. Contact me at jay@blueridgediscoverycenter.org if you would like to sign up to participate. Thanks
Newport News 15 Dec 2018 (Saturday) William Boeh (dolphrog1@yahoo.com) Thanks for your interest in our CBC! Please email the count compiler, Bill Boeh at dolphrog1@yahoo.com for information about our count for the Newport News/Hampton area of Virginia. We have 13 sectors and welcome new participants at all birding skill levels. Learn about the birds available in Hampton Roads. Our count is hosted by the Hampton Roads Bird Club (www.hamptonroadsbirdclub.org), but you don't have to be a member to participate. Join us on count day for fun, good companionship, and a great birding experience.
Nokesville TBA Kim Hosen (khosen@pwconserve.org) Please contact Kim Hosen at 703.499.495 or khosen@pwconserve.org for information and to register for the count.
Northern Shenandoah 15 Dec 2018 (Saturday) Charles Hagan (Naturetrekr@gmail.com) Contact compiler by email -Compiler Charlie Hagan - participants are assigned sections before the count date (no morning get together) - our pot luck compilation gathering will be at 5:30 pm at the library of the State Arboretum (Blandy Exp. Farm / Arnold Arboretum) which is run by the University of Virginia U.S. Rt. 50 East six miles east of Winchester (and a mile past 'Sheetz'. Any questions please contact us at the email above. More count information will be sent out before count date. Thanks
Northumberland-Lancaster 18 Dec 2018 (Tuesday) Jeff Wright (pec11908@mac.com) Count circle includes ample opportunities to observe shore birds and waterfowl along the Chesapeake Bay and associated wetlands as well as a wide variety of birds found in the forests, farms, vineyards, Natural Area Preserves, and small towns in these two counties on the Northern Neck of Virginia. The count circle is divided into 8 to 10 sectors. Sector leaders establish meeting times for their sectors. A mid-afternoon "reception, take-a-break, and compiling" session is a feature of this count. Novice Birders are welcomed and will be paired with experienced birders. Over 100 species recorded during the 2017 count. Contact Jeff Wright at pec11908@mac.com for more information.
Point Lookout (MD & VA) TBA Bob Boxwell (bobboxwell@hotmail.com) Point Lookout circle has become more residential since the 1970's. Volunteers needed in all capcities. Contact coordinator at 410-610-5124 or e-mail bobboxwell@hotmail.com for more information and to be assigned a team.
Port Tobacco (MD & VA) 16 Dec 2018 (Monday) Mike Callahan (raptorsrulemc@gmail.com) Good variety of habitats to be covered by both car and on foot include include field/meadow, marsh, swamp, open water, forest in both rural and suburban areas. Contact the Count Compiler, Mike Callahan at raptorsulemc@gmail.com to find out about areas and teams you can help cover. The Tally Rally location has not be determined yet.
Rappahannock 15 Dec 2018 (Sunday) Victoria Fortuna (victoria.fortuna@yahoo.com) This is a new count at four private properties in Rappahannock County.
Roanoke 15 Dec 2018 (Saturday) William Hunley (wjhunley@gmail.com)
Rockingham County TBA William "Bill" Benish (wcbenish@gmail.com) The Rockingham County, Virginia CBC is open to all. Please contact Bill Benish (wcbenish@gmail.com - new email slightly recently) if you wish to participate so that you may join one of our established count parties. If weather interferes, then we will almost certainly attempt a backup alternate date, yet to be determined. We normally want to confirm group arrangements at least two weeks prior to the count day.
Rockingham County (NC & VA) TBA Brian Bockhahn (brian.bockhahn@ncparks.gov)
Sandy River Reservoir (NEW in 2018) 22 Dec 2018 (Saturday) Evan Spears (e3spears@gmail.com) The circle is centered on Sandy River Reservoir, which is approximately five miles southeast of the town of Farmville accessible from US 460. Public lands within the region include Twin Lakes, High Bridge Trail, and Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Parks; Sandy River Reservoir, Wilck's Lake, and Briery Creek Lake are the three main bodies of water; and the Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest covers most of the south portion of the circle.
Seneca (MD & VA) 16 Dec 2018 (Sunday) Jim Nelson (kingfishers2@verizon.net) The Seneca Christmas Bird Count (CBC) has been conducted for over 60 years in a count circle located in portions of Maryland and Virginia just outside Washington, DC, and we have seen many changes over the years in habitats, specific species of birds observed, numbers of species found, and numbers of individual birds counted. About 60% of the count circle is in Montgomery County, Maryland, and about 40% is in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties in Virginia. The circle is divided into 16 sectors, each under a sector leader, and covers a wide array of habitats including suburban developments, farms, woods, fields, marshes, the Potomac River, and county, state, and federal parklands. Over the last ten years, our enthusiastic counters have found between 89 and 101 species of birds in the count circle on the count day, almost always including something unusual or unexpected. The count begins in the morning, generally around dawn, and most people finish by lunch time. We are always looking for new people to help with the count, and we welcome birders of all ages and levels of experience. Please contact the compiler if you are interested in joining us or have any questions. If you are new or relatively new to birding, you will be teamed with experienced counters. The CBC is both fun and educational, sharing interesting experiences with other birders! To volunteer or if you have questions, please contact Jim Nelson, Seneca CBC Compiler, at: kingfishers2@verizon.net.
Shenandoah N.P.-Luray 16 Dec 2018 (Sunday) Alan Williams (alanbwill@gmail.com) Generally held the Sunday before Christmas, this count has been happening for more than 35 years! Much of the count territory is outside of the park. Often, winter weather limits access to Skyline Drive and the park for the count, so most of our volunteers work in the Shenandoah Valley. The count circle is broken up into 8-12 sections, each with a long-time birder as team leader. Volunteers are assigned to teams by the compiler. After your initial contact with the compiler, you will be contacted by a section leader. Each section leader is free to set up his/her own starting time & meeting place. Most combine car travel with frequent stops at likely places for walking. Terrain varies, but is usually not too difficult. Although we are serious about birding, the emphasis is on fun! Teams are encouraged to take breaks for lunch & snacks. Some teams go out for just half a day; others are out from dawn till dusk. New expert birders are always needed, but interested families, couples & individuals of all ages and experience levels are welcome. If you live in the Luray/Stanley area, you may choose to start out as a feeder counter, monitoring the birds in your own yard. Our compilation (or "tally rally") generally starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Luray area. It is VERY important that new volunteers contact the compiler AT LEAST A WEEK PRIOR TO THE COUNT DATE to sign up.
Sugarloaf Mountain (MD & VA) 30 Dec 2018 (Sunday) Janet Millenson (janet@twocrows.com) Rolling farmland, parks, lakes and rivers, scenic mountain views, great birds! Please join us. Count circle includes portions of Montgomery and Frederick Counties plus a bit of northern Virginia. There's no central meeting site; instead, participants are assigned to help cover different sectors of the count circle. Most years, everyone gathers after sunset for a tally rally to compare notes, warm up, and refuel.
Tazewell (VA & WV) 28 Dec 2018 (Friday) Sarah Cromer (cromersml@gmail.com) If interested contact me cromersml@gmail.com
The Plains 16 Dec 2018 (Sunday) Sue Garvin (garvin.sue@gmail.com) We are pleased to accept new and returning volunteers of all skill levels! Please email Bert Harris bharriscliftoninstitute.org to be placed in a sector. All sectors are managed by experienced sector leaders who will share their knowledge. We have a tally dinner at the end of the day at the Clifton Institute in Warrenton.
Wachapreague TBA Marilyn Ailes (imailes@verizon.net) New Participants need to contact Marilyn Ailes at home: 757-824-0608, Cell: 757-990-1248 or email: imailes@verizon.net prior to the count date.
Walkerton 5 Jan 2019 (Saturday) Frederick Atwood (fredatwood@yahoo.com) This count circle is primarily in the Middle Peninsula in King William and King and Queen counties. Each sector includes some shoreline along either the Mattaponi or Pamunkey River. We meet for a compilation dinner after dark at a nearby restaurant in Central Garage. If you want to join this count, please notify me by email by December 18.
Warren 30 Dec 2018 (Sunday) Allen Hale (super@buteobooks.com)
Washington (VA, DC & MD) 15 Dec 2018 (Saturday) Larry Cartwright (prowarbler@verizon.net) The sector leaders will provide meeting times and locations. Participants should contact Larry Cartwright, the compiler, at 703-941-3142 or prowarbler@verizon.net or contact the Audubon Naturalist Society through Carol Hayes at Carol.Hayes@anshome.org or 301-652-9188, extension 10. Unfortunately the count has never had a tally rally because the Potomac River cuts the count circle in half and we have never found a convenient spot for both Maryland and Virginia participants to meet.
Washington's Birthplace (VA & MD) TBA William Portlock (portlock@bealenet.com) Please contact Bill Portlock, compiler, to coordinate participation.
Waynesboro 5 Jan 2019 (Saturday) Christa Cabe (cristacabe@gmail.com) To participate, contact the compiler via email (cristacabe@gmail.com) no later than Monday, December 17, 2018. There will be a free tally dinner. Details will be e-mailed in advance to all participants. Territories are assigned first to veteran counters who have participated in this count in the past. Newcomers to the count are typically assigned to a veteran's team. However, anyone who likes to hike in the winter can be virtually guaranteed a stretch of the Appalachian Trail as long as the Blue Ridge Parkway has not been closed due to inclement weather. The Waynesboro Count includes territory in Augusta and Nelson Counties and spans a section of the Blue Ridge mountains.
Williamsburg TBA Jim Corliss (jcorliss240@cox.net) Welcome to the Williamsburg, Virginia CBC circle. We have eleven teams that cover our circle and sometimes multiple parties within a team. Please contact the count compiler if you would like to join us for this year's count so we can connect you with a team. The teams work independently and at the end of the day we gather together for dinner and refreshments while we compile the day's results.
Wise County TBA Randy Stanley (randy_stanley@comcast.net) We will be meeting for our Countdown Dinner at the Romano's Restaurant in Norton, Virginia at 6:00 pm on Saturday, December 16, 2017. If anyone wishes to join us on the count please contact me either by telephone at 276-220-4981 or by e-mail at randy_stanley@comcast.net in advance so we can connect you up with someone.