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Christmas Bird Count

1st Monday of CBC Season!

Join us on Monday, December 19, 2016, for the annual Balcones Christmas Bird Count (CBC). This count has enjoyed steady growth in participation over the past few years, and as a result our species total has continued to climb as well. We would love to continue this trend - more eyes in the field gives a better view of the birds life there.

The Christmas Bird Count is the longest running wildlife census in the world and provides critical data on bird population trends and movements. The Balcones CBC is sponsored by the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands NWR. The circle includes all the tracts of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge and the surrounding area (see the map on our website). We need many birders of all skill levels to adequately survey the birds in the circle area to find all of the expected species and the rare species visiting the area. We would especially like to have some feeder watchers this year, so if you live within the circle and have bird feeders, please participate.

For more information about CBC’s in general, see Email Cathy and John Harrington with questions or to register. 

Thank you for participating in this important citizen-science project!

Balcones CBC Map w Sections.jpg
Circle with Areas

 Balcones CBC Map w refuge tracts.jpg
Circle with Refuge Tracts

You can print the maps by clicking the thumbnail images

Contact Information  

John & Cathy Harrington   


Count Week: Dec.16-Dec 22

Balcones CBC documents here! 

  • Tally Sheet (optional compact list-does not replace the checklist required to submit count)

DONATE Please consider a contribution to the Christmas Bird Count to help advance our bird conservation initiatives. 
Cow Creek Road+Shaw/Lyda/McKeever Tracts Cedar Stump Ranch - Joanne M. Wild Wings Pass  Peaceful Springs 
Whitewater Springs - Marjorie D.
 Doeskin Ranch
Flying X
 Eckhardt Tract
Eck Roads_Features.jpg
 Rodgers  /Webster
 Rodgers/Webster AreaRodgersWebster
Rodgers TractRodgers Map 2009.jpg
Rodgers TopoRodgers Map 2009_topo.jpg
Webster Tractwebster
 Gainer and Arnold Tracts 
Gainer LocationGainer_Location_sm.jpg
Gainer FeaturesGainer_Features.jpg
Gainer AreaCBC Gainer Territory.jpg
Arnold TractArnold
 Russell/Mullen/Simons Tract
Simons-Mullen AreaCBC Simons_Mullen.jpg
Martin and Salem Tracts. .
Penn-Post Oak CreekPennPostOak
 Durham Park and Liberty Hill 
Durham Park AreaCBC Durham Park Territory.jpg
Liberty Hill AreaCBC Liberty Hill Territory.jpg
Hickory Pass Ranch
Hickory PassHickoryPass
Tater HillTaterHill 
Warbler Vista and Round Mountain
Warbler VistaCBC Warbler Vista Territory.jpg
Round MountainRoundMtn 
FM 1431 area and Camp Balcones Springs
1431 areaFM1431
Camp Balcones SpringsCamp Balcones Springs 

Plateau Land and Wildlife Management propertiesTravis County BCP properties - Paul F. 


The Refuge is an unimproved, semi-wilderness state. By submitting your registration, you assume full responsibility for all loss, damages, harm, or expenses incurred by you. See link for details.

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