The Triangle Bird Count (TriBC) is a citizen science project to help monitor the abundance and diversity of bird species in urban habitats modeled after several other Urban Bird Counts in North America. The next bird count is expected to take place from April 15th to May 31st, 2024. The TriBC is a project started in 2019 by NC State University’s Reconciliation Ecology Lab, dedicated to mapping and monitoring the distribution and abundance of bird species in and around the cities of North Carolina’s “Research Triangle”: Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Cary, Raleigh, and Garner.


Step-by-step instructions for TriBC volunteers:

  1. Sign up to become a TriBC volunteer.
  2. Go to "Volunteering > Selecting your Survey Points" to identify the survey points you want and then fill out the Google form to reserve your survey points.
  3. Go to "Volunteering > Training Materials" to find resources to help you ID birds and watch the tutorial video of the data collection protocol. There is an example of a filled datasheet for your guidance.
  4. Download and print out the TriBC Datasheet.
  5. Choose any day between Apr 15th and May 31st to conduct your route. You can finish your route in one morning or more than one morning. The survey at each site is 10 minutes stationary bird count with estimations on distance bands. Please be aware of private property and move your point when necessary.
  6. Submit your data by taking pictures of your datasheets and emailing them (directly or as a compressed zip file for a picture folder or as a pdf file) to gelandry@ncsu.edu or mailing your copies to the address here.


  1. The 2023 Triangle Bird Count Results Summary is out! Check out the results summary for insights!

Contact us

We will get in touch as soon as possible.
Dept of Forestry & Environmental Resources, Campus Box 8008, NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695, USA
Volunteer Support