Christmas Bird Count

For a detailed report of the total number of species and individual birds seen per section for the CBC please click the link below. Any and all questions should be sent to Kathy Doddridge at

Bradenton Circle 2021 CBC Results

A message from Kathy Doddridge, CBC Compiler:

Bradenton Circle CBC – December 17, 2022

Kathy Doddridge, Compiler

Bradenton Circle Christmas Bird Count

History of the Christmas Bird Count

Prior to the turn of the 20th century, hunters engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas "Side Hunt." They would choose sides and go afield with their guns—whoever brought in the biggest pile of feathered (and furred) quarry won.

The conservation movement was still in its beginning stages in that era, and many observers and scientists were becoming concerned about the declining bird populations. Beginning on Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank M. Chapman, an early officer in the then-nascent Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition—a "Christmas Bird Census" that would count birds during the holidays rather than hunt them.

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We thank Kathy and all of the volunteers that tirelessly come out each year and look forward to next years CBC!