The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It's free, fun, and easy-and it helps the birds."

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Local Contacts for the Media

Participants from many communities are willing to share their stories about the Great Backyard Bird Count. To reach a local participant for an interview, please email Jennifer Smith at for names and contact information. If an ambassador is not available in your area, please contact your nearest Audubon Society chapter.                                               


Communities with media ambassadors for 2009:    

Updated 2/5/09


Brewton AL   Lake Jualuska NC
Midland City  AL Charlotte NC
Bella Vista AR Knightdale NC
Mt. Shasta CA Spruce Pine NC
Manteca CA Wilmington NC
Santa Cruz CA High Point NC
Irvine CA Sugar Grove NC
Sonoma CA Blair  NE
Carmichael CA Gering NE
Yuba City CA Hoskins NE
Fort Collins CO Omaha NE
Longmont CO Monroe Township NJ
Denver CO North Plainfield   NJ
Pueblo CO Kinnelon NJ
Norwalk CT Wantage NJ
Litchfield CT East Windsor NJ
Stonington CT Pennington NJ
Ruskin FL Ewing NJ
Brooksville FL Port au Choix NL
Marathon FL Eastern Passage NS
Pensacola FL Pine Bush NY
Fort Myers FL Malone NY
Tallahassee FL Speculator NY
Gulfport FL Johnson City NY
Saint Augustine FL Geneseo NY
Jacksonville FL Garrison NY
Pine Mountaun GA Warwick NY
Mansfield GA Catskill NY
Warm Springs GA Verona NY
Gainesville GA Langsville OH
McCaysville GA South Vienna  OH
Hartford IA Medina OH
Cedar Rapids IA Westerville OH
Center Junction IA Ponca City OK
Eagle Grove IA Altus OK
Coeur d'Alene ID Oklahoma City OK
Rock Island IL Mississauga ON
Steger IL Unionville ON
Havana IL Peterborough  ON
Chicago IL Portland  OR
Carpentersville IL Dunbar PA
Glenview IL Meadville PA
Kampsville   IL West Chester PA
Crown Point IN Pittsburgh PA
Evansville IN Fountain Hill PA
La Porte IN Taylor  PA
Huntertown IN Dunbar PA
Shawnee  KS Philadelphia PA
Topeka KS Matamoras PA
Holyoke MA Pittsburgh PA
Siasconset MA Port Matilda PA
N. Uxbridge MA Pottstown PA
Spencer MA Bonshaw PE
Great Barrington MA Crapaud  PE
Adams MA Albany PE  
Framingham MA Trois Rivieres QC
Greenbelt MD Prudence Island RI
Columbia MD Fort Mill SC
Takoma Park MD Conway SC
Salisbury MD Maryville  TN
Berlin MD  Cleveland TN
Yarmouth  ME Lubbock TX
South Portland ME Fort Worth TX
Haslett MI Lampasas TX
Bloomfield Village  MI Bedford TX
Hastings MI Dallas TX
Grand Rapids MI Southlake TX
Rochester Hills MI Gainesville VA
Ishpeming MI Covington VA
Three Rivers MI Vancouver WA
Augusta MI Edmonds WA
Kalamazoo MI Kent WA
Casco MI Onalaska  WI
Rice MN West Bend  WI
Chisholm MN Harshaw WI
Ely MN Wausau WI
St. Charles MO Antigo WI
Picayune MS Mannington WV
Gastonia NC