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The Christmas Bird Count season is nearly upon us. At this annual event, birdwatchers brave cold temperatures and all weather conditions to survey birds in a designated "count circle" on a given day. A count's survey area stays the same from year to year, comprising a circle fifteen miles in diameter around a central point. International in scope, the Christmas Bird Count is organized and compiled by the National Audubon Society, who coordinates all count circles so they don't overlap.
There are 21 counts in New Hampshire, and they are open to all interested birders. Many are run by New Hampshire Audubon Chapters. Each count picks its own particular survey day between December 14 and January 5. Teams go out and survey sections of the count circle, but there are also feeder watchers within the circle who tally the birds in their backyards. Below is a list of the state's Christmas Bird Counts and who to contact if you are interested in participating.