by John Besser and Lottie Bushmann

Columbia Audubon Society will continue its tradition of doing a Boone County-wide Bird Count on the second Saturday of May). Our count will be held on the same day the ‘Global Big Day’ promoted by eBird, and all the data from the Boone County count will be entered into eBird, so participants will be able to compare their lists with other Big Day birders.

We divide Boone County into smaller count areas (see map) and area leaders recruit birders to help cover their area. Most of the leaders from previous years will be participating, but there may be a vacancy for an area leader and there is always room for more help in one of the count areas. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Lottie Bushman (

We will compile the number of species and the total number of birds Boone County data using eBird:

  • Submit one or more checklists to eBird
  • Use ‘checklist comments’ to indicate your count area
  • Share each checklist with the Columbia Audubon Society’s eBird account (username ’casbirddata’) or email (
  • For questions about eBird, contact John Besser (
  • NAMC areas