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2017 La Crosse Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 16, 2017


The 2017 Audubon Christmas Bird Count is getting close and it is time to start to get it organized. This is a big event and we can always use more help!!

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count was originally started to create an alternative to the bird shoots that were traditionally held around Christmas and New Years Day. Luckily, someone had the great idea that it would be better to count birds during the holiday season than to shoot them. After 117 years, it is safe to say that this idea caught on and has been a great success. In fact, this tradition has turned into one of the leading citizen science projects on the North American continent and, with so many years of data it is a valuable tool for scientists!

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is actually made up of hundreds of local Christmas Bird Counts. For each of these local counts, the object is to try to count all of the birds found within a fifteen mile “count circle” on a specific count day which must occur between December 14th and January 5th. On that count day, participants count birds in pre-assigned sections of the circle or at their own feeders (if they are located within the count circle). When the day is done, the count data is tallied and submitted to the National Audubon Society who combines the data from all of the counts and analyzes it to look for trends and interesting events regarding bird populations and distribution.

The La Crosse Area count will be held on Saturday, December 16. If you enjoy counting birds, your help with the count would be greatly appreciated! The La Crosse Area Christmas Bird Count, which is hosted by the Coulee Region Audubon Society, counts all of the birds found inside a count circle that is centered on the La Crosse County courthouse in downtown La Crosse. The limits of the circle are approximately the lower end of Goose Island Park to the south, the southern tip of Brice Prairie to the north, ¼ mile east of County OA to the east, and the far edge of Hokah to the southwest. It includes all of La Crosse, La Crescent, Onalaska, Barre Mills, Hokah, and part of Dakota.

If you are available on Saturday, December 16 and would be willing to help out with the La Crosse Area Christmas Bird Count, we would really appreciate your help! Birders of all skill levels are encouraged to attend. Whether you are a beginner and would like to help on a team or an experienced birder who would prefer to work on your own, we can really use your help.

If you can help with the La Crosse Area count, please contact Dan Jackson (e-mail: or Phone: (608) 483-2271).


Directions to the after-count Potluck

For those interested in joining the La Crosse CBC potluck, it will be held at the home of Pat Schmid and will start at 5:30 PM on Saturday, December 16th.

Her address is:

3011 Bayshore Dr. N. La Crosse, WI

Directions are:

From I-90, take the French Island exit.
Turn LEFT (north) on Dawson Avenue and head toward the airport.
Turn LEFT and head west on Fanta Reed Rd. (this road is on the south side of the airport).
At the stop sign turn RIGHT (north) on Lakeshore Dr. (F.J. Robers Library on the corner).
Follow Lakeshore Dr. for 0.7 mile and turn LEFT (west) on Breezy Point Rd. (large yellow building on the corner).

3011 Bayshore Dr. N. is at the end of a PRIVATE DRIVE on the NORTH side of Breezy Point Rd at the point where it ends and runs into N Bayshore Drive

Parking is limited at the house. Please park on the street if possible and walk to the end of the private drive.

Home phone number is 608-783-2673