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see details + A Beginner’s Christmas Bird Count

Join bird experts from the Audubon Society of the Capital Region and the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club for a family-friendly introduction to the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. On this outdoor foray, beginning birders will learn all about the Count’s history, methodology and contribution to conservation science. Schodack Island State Park is well located for open-water winter bird specialties such as Bald Eagle and Great Black Backed Gull, large and common residents which even novices can easily identify. You’ll learn plenty of cool birds! Afterwards, field parties will re-group at the pavilion to compare notes and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and coffee. 

The Schodack park property falls within Audubon’s Albany County Count circle, which Count teams will more formally census the following weekend.

Please call the Park Office to register by 4pm Friday, December 7. Program is free and there is no park entrance fee.

Remember to dress warmly!

In case of inclement weather, this program may be cancelled. Please call the Park office to check the day before. 

Schodack Island Park office number: 518-732-0187.

If you have questions, please contact Audubon Society of the Capital Region at

Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 9:30am - 11:30am

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see details + Christmas Bird Counts in the Capital Region

Audubon's Christmas Bird Count is in the longest-lived citizen science effort on the planet.  If you are interested in this full day birding adventure, check out what's happening in the Captial Region this year, and where you might be able to participate!

Schenectady Christmas Bird Count: Saturday, December 15, 5:00am-6:00pm

Coordinator: Larry Alden, 518-861-6087;

Chatham Christmas Bird Count:  Saturday, December 15

Coordinator: Bill Cook,

Albany Christmas Bird Count: Sunday December 16, 5am-4:30pm

Coordinator: Alan Mapes, 

New participants welcome where space is available.

(Sponsored by the Audubon Society of the Capital Region)

Catskill-Coxsackie Christmas Bird Count:  Tuesday, December 18, 6am-4:30pm

Coordinator, Larry Federman,

New participants welcome where space is available.

(Sponsored by Northern Catskills Audubon)

Southern Rensselaer Christmas Bird Count: Saturday, December 22, 5:00am-6:00pm

Coordinator: Naomi Lloyd,

New participants welcome. Space available!

Johnstown-Gloversville Christmas Bird Count:  Sunday, December, 23

Coordinator: Laurie Freeman,

New participants welcome!

Southern Columbia County: Sunday, December 23

Mike Nicosia

Count is full at this time.

Troy Christmas Bird Count: Saturday, December 29, 5:00am-6:00pm

Coordinator: Larry Alden.

New participants welcome where space is available.


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