Point Reyes, CA Christmas Bird Count

December 16th, 2017
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Welcome to the Point Reyes, CA CBC Website

Each year in late December or early January, thousands of volunteers around the world disperse to local bird “count circles” to count all the birds they observe throughout the day. The tradition of the Christmas Bird Count, which began in 1900, brings together birders and conservationists in one of the longest-running citizen science projects in the United States. This year, the Point Reyes Count will take place on Saturday, December 16th, 2017, as part of the 118th Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

The Point Reyes Christmas Bird Count was founded in 1970 by Rich Stallcup, Jon Winter, and others. Now in its 48th year, PRCBC is a popular count with 27 territories and 200 participants – in fact, we often are ranked in the top 5 nationally in the number of species observed. We request that you register as soon as possible and work with your area leaders to plan your day. With the amazing effort by our participants, lots of birds, a bit of luck in the weather, and with Pam Ferrari’s wonderful food, we will all have a enjoyable and rewarding count.

Thanks to Marin Audubon Society and Point Blue Conservation Science for their generous sponsorship.

About the Count



The count will happen on Saturday December 16, rain or shine. Even if your leader has already contacted you, YOU MUST REGISTER USING THE FORM BELOW. In the past few years the number of field participants has been about 200—one of the biggest counts in North America. Every year the compilers and the area leaders work to ensure consistent coverage of each of the count’s territories with a good mix of skill level, gender, personality, stamina and knowledge of the habitat. We need time to do this — so sign up with us, the compilers, by Dec.1 by completing the form below. Do not try to register by contacting your area leader as that will just create extra work and confusion for everybody.

The deadline to register and get your preferred area (to the degree possible) is December 1, when we will be finalizing our area roster (you are welcome to sign up after December 1, just know that you may not get your desired area). When you sign up, please do so with the willingness to count even if it rains. Rain DOES NOT cancel.

Expect a call or email from your area leader on or before December 13th. If your assigned area leader has not contacted you by December 14, contact us then – so we can investigate.

Click here for downloadable Map PDF.



About the Dinner


The post-count compilation dinner is a very popular event. Our attendance hovers around 150. This year the Dance Hall was unfortunately booked, so we will be holding the dinner at a new location. The dinner will take place at:

Toby’s Feed Barn
11250 CA-1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Pam Ferrari Catering will prepare a wonderful homemade, fresh, organic meal for us. Pasta with olive oil and pesto or marinara sauce, fresh baked local Brick Maiden crusty French bread, fresh butter or olive oil to dip, an interesting seasonal salad, big fresh baked cookie or brownies, tea and coffee. We will provide water, tea, and coffee, as usual. If you prefer another beverage, you are welcome to bring it yourself. This is a “no-impact event” so please bring your own plate, utensils and glass. We will not have any china or utensils for people who forget.  The dinner is for counters and their families only. Toby’s Feed Barn will be open starting at 4:30 pm for set-up and Pam will start serving dinner at around 5:30.


When you register for the count below, simply click on the radio button indicating that you would like to also purchase a dinner ticket and when you click submit you will be redirected to Paypal where you can use your debit card, credit card, or Paypal account to complete the transaction.

It is important that you order dinner in advance since Pam purchases fresh ingredients based upon our order. There is no refund after December 14, since the ingredients will already be purchased and you will not be able to purchase tickets at the door. If you are ordering a meal ticket for someone who is not participating in the count, simply select “dinner only” on the registration form and purchase another ticket using the form online.



Volunteers are needed to help with set up at Toby’s starting around 3:30pm. If you are willing to volunteer please make sure to indicate that on the form below (check box) and you will be contacted with details.

Volunteers will receive a free dinner and a (virtual) feather for your cap.
For more information please contact Susan Ives:




For questions please use the contact form below or call:

Todd Plummer (415) 419-4095
George Curth (415) 250-9364
Sandy Curth (415) 747-9150 (for map/data collating questions)

Contact Us



Registration Closed!

Thank you for your participation!

We want to thank each of you for your participation in the count this year. We also want to thank our gracious sponsors, Point Blue Conservation, Marin Audubon, Pam Ferrari Catering, Toby’s Feed Barn, Web People Media, Susan Ives Communications, and our gracious team of organizers, who put in their precious time and efforts each year to bring this wonderful citizen science project to Marin County and greater San Francisco Bay Area each year.

Our Sponsors

  • Point Blue
  • Marin Audubon
  • Web People Media
  • Susan Ives Communications