Guelph’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC)

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Guelph’s 53rd Christmas Bird Count will take place on Sunday, December 15, 2019!  

About the Christmas Bird Count (CBC)

Every December, people all over the world participate in a citizen science project called the Christmas Bird Count. The Guelph count takes place in a 24km diameter circle around the city, and is divided into sections. Birders go out in teams to identify and count as many birds as possible in a single day in their section and results are compiled at a “tally rally” at the end of the day. The data is an important contribution to knowledge of wintering bird populations and how they are changing over time. You can find more information on the CBC on Bird Studies Canada’s website at:

The CBC is a great way to participate in avian science, learn a little about the birds that spend their winters here in Guelph, spend time exploring Guelph’s various habitats, and make some new birder friends. People of all levels of experience are welcome to participate.  

How To Take Part in Guelph’s CBC

To register for Guelph’s CBC and to get more information (including where and when to meet and what to bring), volunteers are asked to contact one of the leaders of the 13 sections. Take a look at the Guelph Christmas Bird Count Circle graphic to the right to see the layout and location of the 13 sections. Choose the section you would like to count within and contact the corresponding count leader. Count leader contact info can be found in the 2019 Section Leaders table below. Please note that meeting locations and start times will vary depending on which section you are counting in, so please verify with your section leader. If you have any other questions you can also contact the count coordinator, Mike Cadman, directly at

Other Details:

– Please note that this event is NOT dog-friendly; please leave pets at home.
– Please dress for the weather as we will be outside for most of the day. We suggest you bring something to drink and eat.
– Bring binoculars, a notebook and pencil, and spotting scope if you have one.

* Older children are welcome, but keep in mind that this will be a long day in the elements and that the goal is to see as many birds as possible and to contribute this data to citizen science. Younger children or ones who are not avid birders already may not have the stamina or interest to attend this event. They will likely have much more fun at our Christmas Bird Count for Kids event that will be held on December 21. For more information visit:

2019 Section Leaders:

Area Number Area Name Contact Phone            E-mail
1       Hanlon Valley  Larry Staniforth 519-767-2693
2       Aberfoyle       Dave Brewer 519-763-0997
3       Little Tract    Dan Riley 226-820-3750
4       Reformatory     Greg Meredith 519-241-5325
5       Speed River     Ron Lohr    519-824-9230
6       West End    Rohan van Twest 519-823-5390
7       The Desert     Mike Lepage 519-821-9555
8       Kortright       Jenn Bock 519-400-2918
9       Eramosa River     Mike Cadman 519-822-9834
10      Halton      Kyle Horner 519-835-0944
11      Guelph Lake    Marnie Benson 519-830-4412
12      Rockwood        Bill McIlveen
13 Arkell Gard Otis 519-837-0441