The North Georgia mountains, like much of the state has a sketchy CBC history. This is mostly due to the lack of birders in this portion of the state. Apparently, one of the earliest North GA birding communities formed in Dalton. This is where the first CBC was conducted in this region in 1942, though the count was discontinued after three consecutive years. Since that first count, there have been ten other north georgia circles registered with the National Audubon Society. Some of these were conducted annually for many decades, while some endured only a few seasons. Methods for counting have changed over the years and participant numbers have increased, so the bird numbers are expected to be higher than in the early days. Though this is the case, it is still interesting to dig through these historical records for a better understanding of the count itself. The data collected throughout the years offers an opportunity to compare the present to days gone by.
Only six counts were conducted in the 1940s with 1949 being the first year that two were held during the same season. These were Cartersville and Demorest.
These same four counts continued until 1993. Amicalola Falls was not conducted between 1994-2001. Blairsville has not been conducted since 1995. There were thirty counts completed in the 1990s.
2000 & beyond
Dalton - 1942-1944; 1954-2001; 2003-present
Cartersville - 1949-1952
Rome - 1955 - 1973; 1975-1978
Floyd County - 2001-present
Carter’s Lake - 2007-present
Blue Ridge and Ridge & Valley Provinces
Chattahoochee National Forest/Birdsong Management Area - 1979-2001; 2003-present
Blood Mountain - 1957
Blairsville - 1989-1995
Demorest - 1948-1950; 1952; 1960-1961
Amicalola Falls - 1987-1993; 2002-2005; 2007-present
Blue Ridge - 2007-present
To learn more about the CBC and to explore historical data go to the NAS website below: