The Los Angeles Christmas Count is going to be held TUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2018.

In 2012, Audubon dropped the $5 fee to participate in the CBC, and most counts did away with the online registration process. Please consider donating to Audubon directly to support the count (including data management):


I don’t need to hear back from people who want to show up at any of the three "group locations", which are:

1. Del Rey Lagoon, Playa del Rey (meet 8 AM at the old boat dock parking lot on the west side – i.e., the one closest to the beach)
2. Ferndell, Griffith Park (meet 8 AM at Trails Café)
3. Kenneth Hahn Park, nr Culver City (meet 7:30 at the parking lot at the top of the hill, about ½ mile inside the main gate)


***NO RSVP necessary for the above meeting locations; just show up***

However, if you’d like to count outside the above areas, please let me know what area you’ll cover (see below) so we don’t duplicate your effort.


We count all morning, then we meet for lunch at Viva Fresh on Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester at 1 PM.

I will be sending each participant or group leader a list of target species and my contact info.

***Please show up for lunch, or call/text/email me letting me know if you got your targets by 1 PM***

Some people continue to count in the afternoon/evening (for owls), or chase birds that were found that morning.
Please use the computer or device you’re reading this on to locate all of the locations mentioned above or below, but feel free to confirm details with me.


Please use my “work” email which is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or gmail, which is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Yahoo email is too difficult to work with).


Starting in 2015-16, I switched to an “all-eBird data collection” procedure, as follows:

1. You count birds at your location, and keep track of numbers of all species seen or heard;
2. You enter these sightings into eBird ( ideally using existing “hotspots”;
3. While viewing your completed list, you click “Share w/ Others in Your Party” on the right-hand side, and share with the username “LosAngelesCBC” (please do NOT share with me);
4. I will then log in as LosAngelesCBC and “accept” your list, which adds it to the database.

I will post a summary of the count a few days afterward, but you’ll always be able to see your sightings, and others’ who did the count, in eBird.

Good Birding and counting!

Dan Cooper

See also the boundary map for the L.A. CBC 

BOUNDARY MAP FOR L.A. Christmas Bird Count