Cortes Island Bird Counts

Each year, as part of the Public Education Program, the Cortes Island Museum sponsors two birding events – the Christmas Bird Count and a Spring Migration Birding Day.
No experience is necessary to join these events.

2021 Cortes Island Spring Migration Bird Count Day – May 8

Since 2004, the Cortes Island Museum has been organizing spring migration bird count events.  With COVID-19 restrictions again this year, we need to observe and count bird species individually. No registration is necessary.

May 8th is the actual count day, but if you spot additional species on the 7th or the 9th, we will include them in our statistics.  To participate, all you have to do is record the bird species sighted in your backyard, birdfeeder, garden or wherever else you safely spot them. To assist you, you can download here a list of Cortes Island birds.  After the count, email your list of species to  Include all bird species that you can positively identify.  If you are unsure of a bird — take a picture, if you can, and include detailed field notes. Pictures are very important, and we love posting them on our website.

We will combine everyone’s observations and post them this page.

While you are out and about, keep your eye open for butterflies. Check out our page “Butterfly Sightings on Cortes Island” for more information. Report butterflies you spot, even if they are already on our list.

Last Spring Bird Count, Saturday, May 8, 2021.

 All Year Spring Bird Count–2021 Results!

Field List 2021

Last Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was done on Monday, December 28, 2020.

Christmas Bird Count Results, years 2001 – 2020

Christmas Bird Count – Cortes Island by area – 2020

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