Welcome to the Christmas Bird Count!


We’re looking forward to our 2018 Oakland and San Francisco Christmas Bird Counts! The Oakland count will take place on Sunday December 16 and the San Francisco count will be on Thursday December 27.

Register for the Oakland, December 16 count HERE
Register for the San Francisco, December 27 count HERE

Registrants will be contacted by team leaders with during the week before your count.

Media: You’re invited to cover the Oakland or SF count! Contact Communications Manager Leslie Weir at or (510) 843-2222.

The CBC is a fun and valuable event for both beginning and experienced birders. This is the 119th year of this nationwide Audubon tradition. Enjoy a fun day of birding and contribute valuable data to our understanding of bird populations through the largest and oldest citizen science project in the world. Then come share results at the festive compilation dinner after each count!

For more information go to

To read a personal account by Maureen Lahiff of last year’s CBC experience go to

Can’t spend a full day in the field but want to be part of the Oakland count? Take part from the comfort of your home as a Feeder Watcher. Count and report the birds in your backyard. Click here for a flyer with information on  Feeder Watch. Then sign up for the Oakland count with the button above and check the Feeder Watcher box on the sign-up form.

What's New?


The Journeys of Debi Shearwater

An interview with Debi Shearwater, founder of Shearwater Journeys and recipient of the Ludlow Griscom Award at the 2018 Monterey Birding Festival

By Taylor Crisologo

Debi Shearwater received the Ludlow Griscom Award at the 2018 Monterey Birding Festival held in Monterey, California. The award is given by the American

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Birds and Beginning Sailors

By Marjorie Powell and Linda Carloni

It all started with a comment at a GGAS Centennial Celebration in spring 2017.
Photographs of birds in Alameda were on display. A member of the Board of an Alameda sailing camp mused about the variety of birds that might be seen at the camp and wondered if a birding class for the sailing students…

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Surveying Brown Pelicans at the Alameda Wildlife Reserve Breakwater Island

NOTE: Updated post with additional photos.

By Taylor Crisologo

The pelican moved slowly, stretching out its great wings in one fluid motion. It lifted its long bill to the sky and opened it briefly, then quickly snapped it shut. Our boat continued to move parallel to the pelican’s resting place, our movement causing me to…

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Manage your GGAS membership online!

Now you can manage all your GGAS business online — renew your membership, update your contact information, view past donations, or sign up for events such as classes, Birdathon or the Christmas Bird Count. Click here to access your account. (You’ll need to create a login name and password if you don’t have one already. If you forget your password, click on the “forgot your password” link.)