Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count

2020 Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count

The next Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will take place on Saturday, December 19, 2020 (the first Saturday in the count window). The count is free, and everyone is welcome to participate regardless of ability level or previous experience. To sign up for the count please complete the following online form:

COVID-19 update:

Changes this year in light of the pandemic:
  • All activities must be in accordance with state, county, and city guidelines.
  • There won’t be any in-person get togethers for planning, or for a noon tally or evening compilation event. All that will be remote/virtual.
  • No carpooling by people who are not already in a “COVID bubble” together (i.e., members of the same household).
  • If groups in the field include people who are not all in a COVID bubble together, masks and/or social distancing will be required. Mask/no-mask decisions and how much distance is needed in the field will be up to the individual group leaders to manage; I’ll have discussions with group leaders before the event to work out any questions or issues.

— John Callender, Carpinteria CBC compiler

Mailing List

If you want to receive regular updates about the count you can subscribe to the count’s Google group (like a mailing list) here: Carpinteria CBC Participants (Google group). In the meantime, you can check this page for updates as we get closer to count day.

Useful links and downloadable forms:

Questions? Contact John Callender,, or call 805-455-0053.

Recap of the 2019 Carpinteria CBC

The 11th Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count took place Saturday, December 14, 2019. Weather was mostly clear, but strong winds made things difficult later in the day. Although gale warnings kept our pelagic crew on shore, Dave Pereksta did a great job of rounding up pelagic species from his three seawatch sites. Roughly 75 observers covered the accessible portions of our count circle, finding a total of 155 species, just 3 species short of our all-time record of 158.
Thank you to everyone who participated.

Count day species spreadsheet