Christmas Bird Counts

Bird Protection Quebec (BPQ) organizes two annual Christmas Bird Counts, one for the Montreal region and one for the Hudson region. Christmas Bird Counts are conducted in over 2,000 localities across Canada, the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean each year. The results of these annual citizen-science projects provide important data on the birds that inhabit these regions each winter. We encourage birders like you to get involved locally.

Below is some general information on how you can participate in these counts.

Bird Protection Quebec’s Montreal and Hudson Christmas Bird Count

  • Quick Link to Montreal CBC  Sat. December 16, 2017  Event details
  • Quick Link to Hudson CBC   Wed. December 27, 2017  Event details

Montreal Christmas Bird Count CIrcleCBC General Information

Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) are held within mandated 24-km wide circles. Bird Protection Quebec organizes two CBCs according to the circle limits below.

The Montreal circle is centered at the intersection of Sherbrooke Street West and Westminster Avenue in Montreal West.


Hudson: The Hudson circle is centered at Cooper Airport in St-Lazare and covers Coteau-du-Lac, Saint-Lazare, Hudson, Les Cèdres, St-Clet, Vaudreuil-Dorion, and a small part of Oka.

Click the images on the left to view larger size  or download the circle maps.

How to get involved

You can contribute to the count in one of the two following ways. Both are free of charge.

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Field participant,s are assigned to one of several existing teams responsible for covering a designated territory. An experienced birder leads each team and is responsible for ensuring that detailed records are kept of all species seen and counted throughout the day. Participation is free and no previous experience is required.

chickadee_cardinal_downyFeeder watcher

If you maintain bird feeders at home and live within the count circle, you are invited to participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count by recording species seen at your feeders on the day of the count. Simply contact one of the Christmas Bird Count coordinators in order to register your name and location. Instructions on how to participate will be provided to you, together with a bird species checklist to record your observations. Participation is free and no previous experience is required.

2012-12-29_ 53To register as a field participant or as a feeder watcher, or for more information please contact the coordinator for the region you are interested in.

Montreal CBC Contact: Sheldon Harvey 450-462-1459
Montreal CBC  Saturday, December 16,2017  Event details

Hudson CBC Contact: Jean Demers
Hudson CBC   Wed., December 27,2017 
Event details

Can’t participate on the official CBC day?
If you are unable to join us as a field particpant or a feederwatcher but keep you bird feeders full, we’d be happy to have one of our teams pass by to your make sure your feathered visitors are included in this year’s count data. Please contact one of the CBC coordinators listed above to provide your location details.

Other Links:
Historical results from the North American Christmas Bird Counts provide important long-term baseline data on the population dynamics of many early winter species across the continent. You can view these results by visiting the Audubon Christmas Bird Count website at










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