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2019 Santa Maria-Guadalupe Christmas Bird Count

Each December and January, birdwatchers gather together for the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count.

Birders in Santa Maria Valley have been counting birds in the annual count for nearly 40 years, heading out each December to hunt for as many bird species as possible within the Santa Maria Valley count circle, which spans 15 square miles, running along the coast from the San Antonio River Estuary to the Santa Maria River Estuary. The counters have 24 hours to scour their count circle for birds.

The annual Santa Maria Valley-Guadalupe bird count will take place on December 22, 2019. In 2018, the count had eight participants in who counted roughly 135 species of birds in a 24-hour period. The Pacific Ocean takes up much of the Santa Maria Valley count circle, which limits counting potential, but also provides opportunities to see rare birds along the coastline. Some species make surprise appearances in each count.

Birders of all levels are welcome to join this year’s count. Anyone interested in participating can reach out to John Deacon for more information. Please email John at

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