Season GreetingsThe Balcones
Christmas Bird Count

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
1st Monday of CBC Season!

Join us 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.

Due to the COVID-19, activities must comply with all current state and Municipal COVID-19 guidelines.  The refuge has asked that we follow Travis County guidelines. We will not have a compilation gathering.  Instead, this will be replaced with a drop-off location.

For more information about CBC’s in general, see To register, email Brad James/Lori Malloy

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


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Circle with Areas

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Circle with Refuge Tracts

You can print the maps by clicking the thumbnail images

Contact Information  

Brad James/Lori Malloy   


Count Week: Dec.11-Dec 17

      DONATE Please consider a contribution to the Christmas Bird Count to help advance our bird conservation initiatives. 


      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.

      About Us

      The Friends of Balcones Canyonlands NWR is a 501(c)(3) organization whose primary purpose is to support the mission of the Refuge in restoring and protecting the habitat. The Friends are committed to building a diverse, vibrant community that appreciates, supports, and connects with nature in a meaningful way.

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      Join the Friends in protecting the wildlife and habitat, and supporting the mission of the Refuge. Start by taking a hike or  attending an event, by watching the seasons change through what’s blooming, or by just watching a hawk soar, or even just sitting still and listening to the songbirds sing. You can have a positive impact. Come find your refuge at the Refuge and join the fun!

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