CBC’s 2023/2024 Season


The 124th Christmas Bird Count
Thursday, December 14, 2023 through Wednesday, January 3, 2024

NOTE: Information shown below is correct only for counts with a confirmed date.

Updates will be made as we receive count dates from around the province.

If your count date does not appear below, or information needs adding or correcting, please email website@bcfo.ca or leave a note in the comment box at the bottom of this table with the changes to be made.


Count NameDate…..Compiler/
Phone #Email
100 Mile HouseDec 16Paul Foth604-799-2215paulrfoth@gmail.com
Abbotsford-MissionKenn Summers ken.summers@telus.net
Armstrong-EnderbyGeoff Styles250-833-0391gem_styles@yahoo.ca
Ashcroft-Cache Creek Karl Rickerjheb@telus.net
BamfieldDec 17Daniel Zayonc danielzayonc@gmail.com
Bella CoolaDec 16 Mary Tutt 15metutt@gmail.com
Big WhiteDec 20Chris Charlesworth c_charlesworth23@hotmail.com
Bridge Lake Dec 16Wendy, Gordon Marshall250-593-2327wendy.gordonm@gmail.com
Broughton StraitDec 30Gordon Curry250-671-9005gord.curry@gmail.com
Burns Lake-Francois Lake    
Campbell RiverDec 30Mandy Vaughan
Kim Prystupa
Doug Phyall
Castlegar Dec 16Craig Sandvig craigsandvig@gmail.com
CawstonLee McFadyen250-499-5404mariposaorgf@hotmail.com
ChilliwackDec 16 Denis Knopp604-858-5141bcwilddenis@uniserve.com
Comox Dec 17Krista Kaptein krista.coordinator@gmail.com
Cortes IslandDec 17Nancy Kendel
Gina Trzesicka
Cranbrook Dec 29Dianne Cooper dicooper.bc@outlook.com
Creston ValleyDec 27Ulrike Sliworsky250-428-7747info@crestonvalleybirds.ca
D’Arcy-BirkenDec 18Ann Robertson604-452-3522robert_i@telus.net
Dawson CreekMark Phinney250-843-2318badgreenbird@gmail.com
Deep BayDec 21Kelly Kline  kelkline43@gmail.com
DuncanDec 30Gail Mitchell gail.mitch44@gmail.com
EdgewoodJean Bassett jean@edgeconnection.ca
FauquierDec 17Leanne and Gary Mentz foxglenlea@msn.com.
Fernie Mike Bentley bentley@ucalgary.ca
Fort St. JamesDec 28 Joanne Vinnedge250-996-7401vinnedgj@telus.net
Galiano-North SaltspringDec 17Mike Hoebel (Galiano)
Tim Marchant (N.Saltspring)


GoldenJoan Dolinsky joandolinsky@gmail.com
Grand Forks Jenny Coleshill250-442-7969jenny.coleshill@grandbywilderness.ca
Greater MassettPeter Hamel250-626-5015hecatebird@gmail.com
Harrison RiverDenis Knopp604-858-5141bcwilddenis@uniserve.com
Harrop–BalfourDec 16Charlie Zinka charlie.zinkan@gmail.com
Hat CreekDec 27Heather Baines birdbaines@gmail.com
Hecate StraitPeter Hamel250-626-5015hecatebird@gmail.com
 Dec 14 Emma Bourassa   rmnaturalists@gmail.com
Kamloops Dec 17Glenn Dregergdreger@telus.net
KasloDec 30Stuart Heard250-353-7432heardstuart@gmail.com
KelownaDec 16Chris Charlesworth250-718-0335c_charlesworth23@hotmail.com
KimberleyJan 3Dianne Cooper dicooper.bc@outlook.com
Kingfisher Susan Everatt susan_everatt@telus.net
KitimatDec 16 April Macleod mac2aa@citywest.ca
KuskanookJan 3Ulrike Sliworsky250-428-7747info@crestonvalleybirds.ca
LadnerDec 17Co-compilers:
Yousif Attia & George Clulow
LadysmithDec 17 but if weather poor then Dec 16Robert Hay250-755-5745rbhay2020@gmail.com
Lake CountryDec 14Les Gyug250-769-5907les_gyug@shaw.ca
Lake Windermere District
 Dec 16 Gareth Thomson  
Langara IslandPeter Hamel250-626-5015hecatebird@gmail.com
LardeauDec 27Marlene Johnston250-366-4474macmar@lardeauvalley.com
Lasqueti Island Dec 30Sheila Ray250-333-8884sheila@lasqueti.ca
Lillooet Dec 26Ian Routley ianrout@telus.net
Little R.-Powell R. FerryDec 28Krista Kaptein krista.coordinator@gmail.com
Logan Lake Ray Town250-523-9474gayle_ray@telus.net
Lower Howe SoundJan 1Marja de Jong Westman (West Van)
Micaele Florendo (Bowen Island)
Mackenzie David Lambie250-997-4033DLambie@telus.net
McBrideDec 17Elsie Stanley250-569-2596glen.elsie.stanley@gmail.com
MerrittDec 16Alan Burger250-378-2468aburger@uvic.ca
Naden Harbour Peter Hamel250-626-5015hecatebird@gmail.com
NakuspJan 1 Gary Davidson gsd37@yahoo.ca

Dec 27

Heidi van Vliet
Bryan Vroom
Nanoose Bay Joe Crichton250-747-1802joecrichton@shaw.ca
Narcosli Brian Murland250-747-1802murlands@msn.com
Nelson Dec 30Elaine Moore250-352-2168elmodass@telus.net
Oliver-Osoyoos Doug Brown778-437-2048 
Parksville-Qualicum BeachDec 17 Jim Goodwin
Susan Knoerr
Peachland Mathias Bieber250-718-7519mbieber1488@gmail.com
Pemberton-Mt. CurrieAllen McEwan604-894-6063mcewansfarm@shawbiz.ca
Pender Harbour Dec 20John Fieldjohnfield307@gmail.com
Pender Islands (incl. Mayne & Saturna)Dec 16Michael Dunn mjechael.dunn@gmail.com
PentictonDick Cannings dickcannings@shaw.ca
Pitt MeadowsDec 30
Jennifer Tayes
Port AlberniDec 30Annette Bailey 250-793-5408dabailey100@gmail.com
Port Clements Peter Hamel250-626-5015hecatebird@gmail.com
Powell RiverDec 16Andrew Bryant andrewbryant@shaw.ca
Prince GeorgeDec 17Cathy Antoniazzi250-562-2845canton1@telus.net
Princeton Dec 16Cathy Lahaie250-295-7596encmail@gmail.com
QuesnelCBC leader needed.
Revelstoke Dec 16Don Manson250-837-3676dwman@telus.net
Rivers Inlet MouthDate is weather dependentSarah Cooper sjcooper63@gmail.com
Rose Spit Peter Hamel250-626-5015hecatebird@gmail.com
Rossland-WarfieldDec 17Linda Szymkowiak250-362-7107lszymk@telus.net
Salmon ArmDec 17John Woodswoodsj@telus.net
Savona-Walhachin Ray Town250-523-9474gayle_ray@telus.net
Shuswap Lake P.P. Dec 16Tony Rathbonetonyrathbone@telus.net
Sidney-South SaltspringDec 17Daniel Donnecke sidneycbc@naturevictoria.ca
Skidegate Inlet Peter Hamel250-626-5015hecatebird@gmail.com
Slocan LakeDec 29Anne Champagne annec@uniserve.com
SmithersDec 27Rosamund Pojar250-847-9429rpojar@gmail.com
Soda Creek Phil Ranson250-398-7110ranson1@telus.net
SookeDec 27 Robyn Byrne sookecbc@naturevictoria.ca
Squamish Marcia Danielson604-898-9420myd123@telus.net
Stuix-TweedsmuirDennis Kuch dok@stuix.ca
Sunshine Coast Tony Greenfield604-885-5539tony@whiskeyjacknaturetours.com
Terrace Diane Weismiller250-635-6984dweismiller@telus.net
TlellPeter Hamel250-626-5015hecatebird@gmail.com
Tumbler RidgeCharles Helm helm.c.w@gmail.com
VancouverDec 16Josh Inman, Steve Ansell joshbirder@gmail.com or ansell.s@gmail.com
Vaseux LakeRichard Cannings250-493-3393dickcannings@shaw.ca
VernonChris Siddle chris.siddle@gmail.com
VictoriaDec 16Ann Nightingale victoriacbc@naturevictoria.ca
Wells & Bowron Lakes Birch Kuch flageolet@hotmail.com
Whistler Dec 14Shawn Masoncell 604-612-1167Shamas.mason5@gmail.com
White Rock-Surrey-Langley Dec 28
Kristina Breit kristina.breit@freenet.de
Williams Lake Dec 17Phil Ranson250-398-7110ranson1@telus.net
Yalakom Valley Eleanor Wright778-770-1649eleanor.ronaele@gmail.com
Yoho National Park James Telford k.james.telford@gmail.com

Last updated November 22, 2023

17 thoughts on “CBC’s 2023/2024 Season

    • We’ll post the remainder of the Okanagan counts on our results page when we receive them from the compilers. Please note these are not official results, just provisional as the results come in.

      Totals for BC are published by Bird Studies Canada in Bird Watch Canada magazine in the spring .

      Full official results for all counts may be found at the National Audubon Society .

  1. I am disappointed to see Princeton and Cawston scheduled for the same day! Princeton entered my calendar weeks ago when it was published above. Cawston recently published a date for the same day as Princeton, yet there are 3 free days prior and 2 days post Princeton’ count available for a hundred miles around Cawston for January 3.
    I am saddened to see these conflicting, neighboring count dates? Sadly – I must miss one!
    Not to encumber the status qua – but could not “dates” be filtered through a single compiler in the province? Or, in your lead in above – urge compilers to have a second look?
    Frank Schroeder — Hedley

    • Hi Frank,

      BCFO voluntarily provides this one-stop-shop for Christmas Bird Count information as a service to members, and for the general public. It seems a suitable function for a province-wide organization like ourselves to provide.

      While many members like yourself are significant contributors to the CBC program, BCFO has no involvement in how the CBC’s are operated and organized. That’s not our role here, nor one that we have the capacity to take on.

      You could consider taking up your concerns with the individual count compilers, or with the BSC Canadian Coordinator via the Bird Studies Canada website. You’ll find the CBC page under Citizen Science.


      George Clulow

    • Closet counts still to be done are Castlegar and Nakusp, both on Jan. 02. Check the contacts on the BCFO website under CBC.

      Larry Cowan

  2. I live in New Westminster and notice that there appears to be no CBC contact. I am interested in doing a count in New West… born and grew up here and just moved back. My background: biologist (speciality hawks & owls) and land use planning.

    • Hi Carl, there is no count circle centred on New Westminster, nor do other count circles capture any areas of the city. Your nearest opportunities to join a CBC are to participate in the Vancouver, White Rock, Ladner, or Pitt Meadows counts. I’m sure one or more of these counts would appreciate your participation. Contact information on this page.

  3. Hello! Re. the Sooke count for 2019, Travis is no longer able to particpate. Please update by removing his name as a contact. Many thanks!

  4. Despite (mostly) decent weather and an incredible team of counters, the Victoria Christmas Bird Count may have had its lowest species count in several years. There are still some lists outstanding, so we may tick up a couple, but as of the post count, it looks like we’ll have 134 species for the day. Tundra Swan and Golden Eagle may have also been seen, but at this point, lack appropriate documentation.

    Highlights include the CBC’s fifth ever Red-throated Pipit, at least according to the historical information on the Audubon site. Other species of note include Rusty Blackbird, American Tree Sparrow (in two locations) and Palm Warbler.

    Misses among our regulars include Brant, Ring-necked Pheasant, Surfbird, Sanderling, Barn Owl, Western Screech Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Sky Lark, Evening Grosbeak, and Red Crossbill.

    Perhaps most shocking was the number of zones that reported missing Canada Goose!

    Thanks to everyone who got out yesterday to participate, many of whom are up again to do the Sidney/South Salt Spring count this morning! Much appreciation to the zone leaders, who make one of the largest teams of field counters possible. (BTW, Victoria had the highest number of field counters for the CBC last year with 285. I suspect that this year’s numbers may be a bit lower.

    Ann Nightingale

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