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."

Outils personnels

2014 Local Events

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Black Vultures, Scott Kinsey, Florida, 2013 GBBC


Are you planning a presentation, bird festival, guided walk, or other event before or during the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count? We want to know about it! Send all the details to Pat Leonard at pel27@cornell.edu to get your event listed here. Include date, time, location, admission charge (if any), and contact information please.

 

Alabama

Huntsville

February 15, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Huntsville Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue Birding Symposium
Special Birding Symposium featuring four workshops taught by local birding enthusiasts including Herb Lewis, creator of HBG’s Lewis Birding Trail and Brian Naughton, the Garden’s resident Purple Martin expert. The symposium will also include continental  breakfast, a boxed lunch n learn session, door prizes, discussion of the 2014 GBBC, and birding tours through HBG’s 112 acre Garden. Bring your binoculars! Register online: www.hsvbg.org; $40 Garden Members; $50 Non Garden Members
Contact: spline@hsvbg.org  256-837-4344  

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California

 

Claremont

Sunday, February 16, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden - Family Bird Festival
Grab your binoculars for a fun day in the Garden learning about our feathered friends. An educational celebration of the diversity of birds, this  annual event highlights the behaviors and physical traits that enable them to survive and thrive. Birdwatchers of all ages can flock to the Garden for a day filled with activities and information for both beginners and enthusiasts. The Family Bird Fest features knowledgeable birding exhibitors, Wild Wings with live raptors including hawks and owls, bird life displays and drop-in family activities. Free with Garden membership or standard admission. Our event page: http://www.rsabg.org/garden-events/857-bird-fest-2014
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Colorado

 

Littleton

February 15, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd., Littleton
Come learn how to identify birds, use binoculars, and turn your backyard into a bird sanctuary. Find out what birds eat and how to feed them. Come join us on a bird hike and help us count the birds at our feeders so you can do the same at your home. Bring your kids and help them make their own binoculars and participate in a nature scavenger hunt! Learn the best ways to attract more birds to your yard. Join us for a bird-tastic time! Registration NOT required: No fee. Donations to Audubon Society of Greater Denver appreciated.
Contact: Kristine Helsper, Khelsper@denveraudubon.org, 303-973-9530

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District of Columbia

 

Washington

February 15, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
National Mall
Audubon Society of the District of Columbia will be hosting a bird walk on the National Mall. We will meet at the corner of 17th St and Constitution Ave NW, between Constitution Gardens and the Washington Monument and look for birds around Constitution Gardens and the Tidal Basin. We'll discuss the benefits of participating in the GBBC. Free, and open to all skill levels. Please register online.
Contact:
 Zach Slavin, zslavin@audubon.org

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Florida

Anastasia Island

February 8, 2:00 p.m.
Anastasia Island Library
We're having a talk about Build a Backyard for Birds and Wildlife, hosted by Florida Audubon.
Contact: 954-663-2262, aibirdcount@gmail.com
 

Cape Coral

January 21, 2:00 pm.
Rotary Park Environmental Center, 5505 Rose Garden Rd, Cape Coral
Environmental biologist Katie McBride will be giving a presentation on the 2014 GBBC and take the group outside to the salt marsh and upland preserve to view some birds that are common to our area.
Contact: 239-549-4606

Leesburg

February 17, 8:00 a.m.-noon or later
PEAR Park, 4800 University Ave. (Rt. 27 south)
Members of the Florida Native Plant Society (Lake Beautyberry Chapter) and Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society, as well as interested members of the local community, are invited to meet us at 8 a.m. at the Butterfly Garden Pavilion in PEAR Park for the GBBC. (Map and info on PEAR: http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/public_resources/parks/pear_park.aspx ) In addition to counting birds, we would like to see what bird species the Florida native plants in the Butterfly Garden might be drawing in and hopefully see some scrub-jays in their new habitat area. Bring your binoculars if you have a pair, water, snacks, field guide to birds if you have and/or need one, comfy chair or pillow to sit upon. Park by the Nature Center; it's a short walk to the pavilion.
Contact: Lee Ann Reiners, sparrowood1@yahoo.com

Maitland

February 16, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Audubon Center for Birds of Prey
Join Audubon Center for Birds of Prey for the Great Backyard Bird Count and learn about creating bird friendly communities for your yard, school, or neighborhood. Participants will learn to count and identify backyard birds, learn concepts of providing healthy habitats for birds and wildlife and build their own nest box for songbirds. Cost: $5 per nest box. Space is limited, email or call Katie to secure your spot.
Contact: Katie, kwarner@audubon.org, 407-644-0190

St. Augustine

February 14-17
The Great Backyard Bird Count community events for all ages include a four-day bird-a-thon from February 14-17 for everyone to ID and count birds in their backyard, parks and beaches as well as a “Big Day” of birding on February 15 with guides, woodlands, beach, and marsh all rolled into one location: Ocean Hammock Park on Beach AIA (just north of Publix mall). Free parking and a long, accessible boardwalk through varied terrain make this a special location for enjoying nature and birding. Art and poetry contests are back, too.
Contact: 954-663-2262, aibirdcount@gmail.com

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Georgia

 

Acworth

February 8, 1:00 p.m. 
Crossroads Library, 909 Harmony Grove Church Road
Stop in for a presentation that describes the Great Backyard Bird Count and how you can participate. Free
Contact: Mary Kendall at maryk@wgrl.net or 770-975-0197

 

Buford

Saturday, Feb. 15, 10:00 A.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16, Noon-4:00 p.m.

Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center
Join the GEHC educators and volunteers in learning about birds through crafts and activities inside the Center, then take a hike and count birds with us (short 15-30 minute counts throughout the day). After the GBBC weekend, we will enter our data into the GBBC website for scientists to use in their studies.Come get involved as a citizen scientist and help scientists around the world learn more about birds and how to protect them.Included with admission.
Pricing information: https://gwinnettehc.org/visit/general-admission/

 

Savannah

February 14-17, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. each day
Skidaway Island State Park
All weekend we are having special bird programs and guided hikes at the park. We'll be counting birds on the hikes as well as counting at the Interpretive Center bird feeders. Stop by for 15 minutes or all day to participate. See our website (http://www.gastateparks.org/SkidawayIsland) for program specifics.
Contact: skidawayislandstatepark@yahoo.com or 912-598-2300

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Indiana

 

Evansville

You're welcome to participate in any or all of the following events arranged by Wild Birds Unlimited  in Evansville. Contact: 812-476-2473 or wbuevansville@gmail.com

-- February 11: 6:30 p.m.
Wild Birds Unlimited Store, 5620 E. Virginia St.
How To Identify Those Pesky Backyard Birds
Call 812-476-2473 for reservations

-- February 13
Ask The Expert, WFIE television station
A call-in show where we will discuss all of the local plans for the GBBC and take questions from the viewers.

-- February 14,  9:00 a.m.
Bird hike at Wesselman Woods Natue Preserve, Bakke Ave.

-- February 15, 8:00 a.m.
Bird hike at Eagle Slough Natural Area, East Waterworks Rd.

-- February 16, 4:30 p.m.
OWL PROWL at Bluegrass Fish and Wildlife Area boat ramp, Boonville/New Harmony Rd, ½ mile east of Interstate 69 interchange.

-- February 17, 8:00 a.m.
Bird hike at Howell Wetlands Nature Area, Toekepple Ave., west side of Evansville

Indianapolis

February 15,  8:30-9:30 a.m.
Daubenspeck Community Nature Park, 8900 Ditch Road, just north or 86th Street & Ditch Road
"Count Birds for Science" Bird Walk. All the birds we spot will be reported to the GBBC. Help us find the bird residents of Daubenspeck Community Nature Park, and make them count. Dress for the weather with comfortable shoes or boots. Bring your binoculars and field guides if you have them. There will be some to share as well.  Rain (snow) or shine.  Minors should bring an adult.
Instructor:  Brian Cunningham, Product & Hobby Education Manager for Wild Birds Unlimited. Visit daubpark.org for details and to sign up for this free event.
 

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Kentucky

 

Louisville

February 15, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve
Louisville Audubon Society will help identify and count birds at at the preserve as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count. This is a citizen-science day that will start with a presentation inside the Nature Center, followed by a bird walk. Family-friendly, FREE, and featuring FREE crafts for kids!
Contact: 502-228-4362 or visit www.KYNaturePreserve.org

 

Stanton

Thursday, January 23,  2014   6:30 p.m.
Powell County Cooperative Extension Office
High Adventure Wilderness School and Powell County Cooperative Extension Service are hosting an information meeting to encourage participation in the 2014 GBBC. We will be discussing the history of the bird count, the need for citizen-science projects like this, and how a person can participate.  We will cover the details of setting up observation times at home or on a walk, and how to complete and submit an observation.  We encourage all eastern Kentucky birders to attend, young and old.There is no charge for admission. Refreshments will be served, and door prizes given out to lucky participants. For information and reservations: call agent Mike Reed at 606-663-6405, or email Bill Gordon at bill@highadventurewildernessschool.com

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Maryland

Baltimore City/Baltimore County

February 15 and 16, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Robert E. Lee Park
Meet live birds, play games, make crafts, go on birding hikes, help build a giant bird's nest, and enjoy hot drinks around the campfire while helping count birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count. All ages and abilities are welcome at this free event. Dress for the weather.
Contact: Shannon Davis, 410-887-4156 or sdavis@baltimorecountymd.gov

Hampstead

February 8, 11:00 a.m.
Carroll County Library North Branch, 2255 Hanover Pike
Presentation on the Great Background Bird Count: How to participate, Information Resources, Local Bird Checklists, etc.
Contact: Linda Renick, 410-386-4480, LindaR@carr.org or Virginia.Huebner@yahoo.com



Mt. Airy

January 25, 10:00 a.m.
James Episcopal Church, 1307 N. Main Street
Stop in for a presentation about the GBBC and how to take part.
Contact: Liz Peterson, jplp5@yahoo.com

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Michigan

 

Harrisville

February 15, Noon
Harrisville State Park
Join us to look for birds in and around the park including Lake Huron. Meet at the pavilion at the main parking lot.
Contact: Frank Apsey at 989-724-3056.

Kalamazoo

February 15, 10:00 a.m.
Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery, 200 yards south of M-43 on Fish Hatchery Road.
The hatchery is a great place to participate in the GBBC. It has a few different habitats and, most importantly, there is open water in winter. We will spend about an hour and a half walking around the dikes and woods. Be sure to dress for the weather: waterproof, windproof, warm, and in layers. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. Spotting scopes will be shared. Free. Sponsored by the Audubon Society of Kalamazoo
Contact: Jan Shillito, 720-8063

 

Niles

Saturday, February 15, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
The Great Backyard Bird Count at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve
Stop by the Nature Center to learn about feeding and identifying our common winter birds as we tally our sightings for the afternoon. Free with admission.
Contact: Wendy E. Jones, 269-695-6491 ext. 220, wjones@fernwoodbotanical.org


Oscoda

February 1, 10:00 a.m.
Robert J. Parks Public Library, 6010 North Skeel Ave
The AuSable Valley Audubon Society present a program about the Great Backyard Bird Count. Stop by to find out how you can be a part of it!
Contact: Peggy Ridgway, rbirdlady@gmail.com

 

Rochester Hills

Saturday, February 15, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Rochester Hills Museum
Do you and your family enjoy watching birds in the backyard ? Are you looking for new ways to help our feathery friends? Join the Rochester Hills Museum as we participate in the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). This program will introduce guests to the GBBC and how to participate in this fun and scientific project. Guests are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring their own binoculars for the outdoor portion of the program. Children ages 7 and up are welcome. Cost is $3 for children of Rochester Hills Museum members and $5 for children of non-members. Adults and chaperones are free. 
Contact: Patrick Endres, 248- 841-2672 or by e-mail at endresp@rochesterhills.org

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Minnesota

 

Almelund

February 14-17
The GBBC will be part of events taking place at Wild River State Park. Get information on winter birds in the park and in the area and how to participate in the count. A presentation about the GBBC and tally sheets will be available at the special GBBC display. You can even count birds during the Candlelight Cross Country Ski being held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, Februrary 15! Free
Contact: Robert G. Walz, Friends of Wild River State Park, walzr@izoom.net or visit: http://www.friendsofwildriver.org/

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Mississippi

 

Moss Point

February 8, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Pascagoula River Audubon Center
Come to the center and learn how to participate in the Great Back Yard Bird Count (GBBC)!  In addition to learning how to participate, we will discuss some basic bird feeding concepts to help you attract more birds to your backyard. Get ahead of the learning curve and join us.
Contact: Mozart DeDeaux, mdedeaux@audubon.org

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Missouri

 

Columbia

February 15, 8:00 a.m.-Noon
Columbia Audubon Society-Songbird Station, 2010 Chapel Plaza Court #C
You've heard of a Pub Crawl? Well, to help celebrate the 2014 GBBC, the Columbia Audubon Society is having a Backyard Bird Feeder Crawl! We'll carpool to various backyard bird feeders in and around the Columbia, Missouri area. At each backyard feeder we'll count birds for 15 minutes or more, submit our checklist for the GBBC and then "crawl" to the next location. Meet at Songbird Station’s parking lot at 8:00 a.m. The trip will be 3-4 hours long and will return to Songbird Station for coffee and donuts. Bring your binoculars. This event is free and open to the public.
Contact: Kevin Wehner, 573-815-0352, kevinwehner@gmail.com

Joplin

Saturday, February 15, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m
Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center
Discover Winter Birds and The Great Backyard Bird Count
Many winter guests are visiting our feeders. Do you know who your guests are? We’ll begin indoors learning basic bird identification techniques, and a few of the more common birds in our area.  We’ll also learn about critical issues affecting birds, and what we can do to help. Following a discussion of how to use binoculars and field guides, we’ll head outdoors (weather permitting) for a chance to see and hear birds in their natural habitats on a hike through the Park. Learn how you can participate at home in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. For age 7+; Cost: $5 per person members;$10 per person non-members
Contact: Chris Pistole, 417-782-6287
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New Jersey

 

Basking Ridge

February 14-17, Noon-4:00 p.m. daily
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center, 32 Pleasant Plains Road, Harding Township
Celebrate winter birds at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Help count the birds for the GBBC and report the results online. There will be activities and crafts for children including making a pine cone suet feeder to take home, playing Bird Bingo for a prize, and getting started on the Junior Refuge Manager program. A featured exhibit called Bird Identification by Sight and Sound will display the history and evolution of field guides and audio recordings since the early 1900s. Join volunteers on guided walks to count species (every day at 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.). Bird watchers of all ages and skills are welcome. Free. No registration necessary.
Contact: Laurel Gould, 908-236-7166, laurelgould44@gmail.com

 

Lebanon

February 15, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Hunterdon County Arboretum, 1020 State Highway 31, Lebanon (Clinton Township)
Join Park Naturalist Laura Kroon to view a short PowerPoint presentation on the GBBC, and go over some bird identification tips. Then we will take a bird walk around the property to see what species are out there and how many of each. This data will be submitted to the GBBC to aid in citizen science research.  Ages 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult). Pre-registration required; $3 per person.
Contact: Laura Kroon, lkroon@co.hunterdon.nj.us, 908-782-1158

Linden

February 15, 8:30-11:00 a.m.
Hawk Rise Sanctuary, Range Road
Hike the forest and wetlands at Hawk Rise and discover who is wintering here and perhaps see some early migrants. After we get some practice we will officially participate in the GBBC and log our data! This program is intended for birders of all ages and ability; loaner binoculars will be available. Dress warmly and be prepared to walk in snow or mud. Free

Short Hills

February 15, 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Greenwood Gardens, 274 Old Short Hills Road
Learn how to identify and feed common backyard birds and then venture outside to see who is staying at Greenwood Gardens. After we get some practice we will officially participate in the GBBC and log our data! This program is intended for birders of all ages and ability; loaner binoculars will be available. Dress warmly and be prepared to walk in snow or mud. Registration with Greenwood Gardens is required for this trip; Cost: $10 New Jersey Audubon and Greenwood Gardens members, $12 nonmembers.
Contact: Visit www.greenwoodgardens.org to buy tickets or call 973-258-4026.
 

South Brunswick

February 15, Noon-2:30 p.m. (rain date Sunday Feb. 16)
Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave.
Rutgers Master Gardeners of Middlesex County invite you to take part in the GBBC. We'll offer hot coffee for bird counters within the park at the EARTH Center, home to Middlesex County’s Extension office. Please bring your own binoculars and field guides and dress for the appropriately for outdoor hiking. Beginning birders, and experts are encouraged to attend.A tour guide may be provided or you can strike off on your own. Please let the organizer know you are interested in attending.
Contact: evans@aesop.rutgers.edu

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New Mexico

 

Albuquerquie

February 15, 9:00 a.n.-Noon
Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, 7851 2nd Street SW
For this month's free and family-friendly open house at the refuge we'll participate in the GBBC! This event is for beginners and birders alike. Staff and volunteers will be on hand with binoculars, field guides and a scope to help you observe the birds of the refuge and record them for the count. We will offer a bird feeding station, a guided bird walk at 9:15 and another at 10:30, and you may take a guided tour of the Refuge by van. The GBBC has a photo contest every year - bring your camera and catch the beautiful views and birds of this new Refuge! Finally, for the kids, there will be snacks and bird coloring pages.
Contact: Jennifer Owen-White, jennifer_owenwhite@fws.gov

Santa Fe

January 25, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary, Community Room, 500 Market Street
Birds of a Feather Explore Together! Join us to discover the amazing adaptations of birds, the basics for creating a bird haven in your backyard, and how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count.
Contact: 505-983-4609 ext. 20, dstrang@audubon.org

February 15, 10:00 a.m.–Noon
Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary, 1800 Upper Canyon Road
Join us to participate in the GBBC! You don’t need to be an expert on birds to participate in this family friendly event. Guided bird walks will be offered and Audubon staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you with your count tally. Snacks are available! Contact: 505-983-4609 ext. 20, dstrang@audubon.org

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Nevada

Pahrump 

February 15, 7:45 a.m.
GBBC Bird Walk at Willow Creek. Meet at at Daytona and Paso in Pahrump
We will bird from 8:00 a.m until 11:00 a.m.
Contact: darlenefeener@att.net
 
February 16, 8:00 a.m.
GBBC bird walk. Meet at the Mountain Falls Grill Room in Pahrump.  Directions: 160 to Manse. If you want to have breakfast or coffee first then be there early. The Grill Room opens at 7 a.m. We will bird from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Contact: darlenefeener@att.net

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New York

 

Chatham

February 16, 9:00 a.m.
Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond, 480 Rock City Road
Join fellow birders, a local birding expert, and CLC staff as we all become citizen scientist for the morning. We will identify and county birds at feeders, and collect data for a nation-wide survey. We’ll have binoculars and bird guides, but bring your own if you have them. Please make sure you have plenty of layers and warm clothing. Register on-line at  https://connect.clctrust.org/education-programs or contact Heidi@clctrust.org for more information.

 

Clinton Corners (Rhinebeck)

February 15, 10:00 a.m.
Clinton Community Library, 1215 Centre Road (CR 18, north of Schultzville)
The Town of Clinton Conservation Advisory Council will hold its annual Great Backyard Bird Count event at the Clinton Community Library. After a GBBC slide show presentation in the Library, a bird walk will be held in the Clinton Nature Trail located next to the library.
Contact: Barbara Mansell, 845-266-4611 or Barb@mansell.org


Greenport

February 22, 2:00 p.m.
The Red House at Inlet Pond Park, 65275 Route 48
Join North Fork Audubon Society to count birds for the GBBC!
Contact: Gwynn Schroeder, gwynn.schroeder@gmail.com
 

Mastic Beach

Saturday Feb. 15, 9:00 a.m. (snow/rain date Sunday Feb.16, 9:00a.m.)
The William Floyd Estate, 245 Park Drive, Mastic Beach
Take a three-mile GBBC Walk at the historic Floyd Estate to identify and count birds in a variety of habitats including woods, fields, creeks and salt marsh. The GBBC is a fun way to way to get outside and enjoy wintertime!
Contact: MaryLaura Lamont, 631-399-2030, marylaura_lamont@nps.gov

 

Sodus

February 17, 12:30 p.m.
Beechwood State Park, Lake Road
Join The Wayne County 4-H Horticulture club for our third annual Winter Woodland Walk and participate in the GBBC. We will be hiking the park looking at the multiple habitats. We will have special guests and activities before the walk gets underway at 1:00 p.m. After the walk, stay for a fresh fire-baked potato. Pre-registration requested by February 13.
Contact: Margaret Boone, mab567@cornell.edu or 315-331-8415

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North Carolina

Asheville

Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society will have three free bird walks for the GBBC.
--Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary, Feb. 14, 9:00 a.m.–Noon. Meet in in front of the parking area on the boardwalk. 
--Mills River area on Feb. 15, 8:00 a.m. Meet at the Mills River Library.
--Owen Park and Warren Wilson College, Feb. 16, 9:00 a.m. Meet at the Owen Park bathrooms.
No sign up necessary; just show up on time.
Contact: whocooksforyou@skyrunner.net


Concord

Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks Department will be hosting counts at all three of our Park locations and one of our Senior Centers in Concord. We will provide a limited number of binoculars and identification books at each location.  The facilities will all include walking along trails near wetlands, mature trees, along with some unmaintained grasslands. All events are free.

Feb. 14, 9:00 a.m.
North Cabarrus Park, 707 Orphanage Road

Feb. 14, 10:00 a.m.
Cabarrus County Concord Sr. Center, 331 Corban Ave.

Feb. 15, 9:00 a.m.
Frank Liske Park, 4001 Stough Rd
 
Feb. 15, 9:00 a.m.
Camp TN Spencer, 3155 Foxford Rd
 
Contact: Ben Sharpe, brsharpe@cabarruscounty.us , 704-920-2702

 

Fayetteville


February 14; 3:30-4:30 p.m.
February 17; 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Lake Rim Park-“Going Birdie”
If you are crazy about birds, then this class is for you. Learn about bird behavior, identification, feeding, and watching. You will also have a chance to help count the birds in the park for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Be prepared for a short hike and bring binoculars if you have them. Ages 8+; Free
Contact Lake Rim Park at 910-433-1018 to register.

February 18; 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Mazarick Park-Bird Walk
Take a walk around Mazarick Park to see which of our feathered friends are flitting about and help count birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count.Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the park office. Ages 8+;Free
Contact 910-433-1575 to register.

Lillington


February 1, 11:00 a.m.
Raven Rock State Park
Come to Raven Rock State Park Visitor Center and have fun learning about what you can do to support your local backyard birds. We will be making homemade suet and bird feeders and learning what beneficial plants attract birds to your backyard.  We will also be discussing how to participate in the GBBC. Also enter the Support Your Local Backyard Birds Program Art Contest by submitting one original artwork per person in any medium you choose (painting, drawing, collage, etc.) of your favorite backyard bird or birds. Birdfeeders and suet supplies will be furnished but feel free to bring crunchy peanut butter and your recycled milk jugs and milk cartons.  If you have a pair of binoculars bring them also to observe the birds that are feeding behind the Visitor Center. Contact:  Jessie Summers, 910-893-4888, jessie.summers@ncparks.gov


Morrisville


Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway
Various GBBC birding events:

Bird Walks
February 14, 15, 16, 17, 8:30–10 a.m.

FREE
Meet at the Waterwise Garden.
Lake Crabtree will be hosting Bird Walks all four days of the count, and we need your help to collect data. These walks are great for experts and beginners alike! Share your birdwatching knowledge with others, learn how to identify common birds in our area, and meet other bird enthusiasts. All walks will be led by park staff and volunteers who are eager to share their love of birds. Bring your own binoculars and field guides or borrow them from the park. These walks do not require preregistration.

Bird Expo
Saturday, February 15, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Sunday, February 16, noon–5:00 p.m.

FREE
Meet at the Manager’s Office.
Join park staff and volunteers for a variety of activities, crafts and information booths about birds and bird conservation. Make bird-friendly crafts, tour our wildlife garden for ideas on attracting birds to your yard or workplace, go on one of our bird walks to help count birds in the park, and much more! This event does not require preregistration.

Junior Birder Patch Program
Monday, February 17, 10:00 a.m.–noon

$10/child
Learn all about birds and birdwatching through a variety of hands-on activities. Participants will earn the Junior Birder Patch by completing this program. We'll learn how to use binoculars, practice our bird identification skills, and much more! This program requires preregistration. Ages 6–8.

Migration Headache
Monday, February 17, 10:00 a.m.–noon

$8/child
Migration is a pain! But is it worth it? We’ll investigate the mysteries of migration: Why and how birds do it and what they get out of it. We'll even try our hands...er, wings...at migrating in Lake Crabtree's own unique Migration Game. This program requires preregistration. Ages 9–12.

Contact for above events: Daniel Wheeler, Daniel.Wheeler@wakegov.com, 919-460-3355



Sapphire

February 15 and 16, 9:00 a.m.
Upper Bearwallow Picnic area.
Join us for the GBBC! We will be able to provide a few binoculars and field guides, and we’ll have a fire going in the picnic shelter fire place. All bird checklists will be provided for free, and there is no admission to attend our birdspotting event or even to get into the park. Folks can go to our website to learn more about events held at the Gorges State Park.

 

Swansboro

February 15, 10:00 a.m.
Hammocks Beach State Park
Come to the park for a ranger-led hike to count birds for the GBBC. There will be activities and crafts for the younger birders to enjoy and learn about our feathery friends.  Bring your camera to catch that perfect shot of a cardinal or Osprey diving in the water! The park has a limited number of binoculars and field books to lend, but you can bring your own if you have them.  Dress for the weather. Register by calling the park office.
Contact: Renee Evans, 910-326-4881 or renee.evans@ncparks.gov

Waxhaw

February 15, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Cane Creek Park, 5213 Harkey Rd
Join us at Cane Creek Park to help us participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. We will have a Ranger led walk at 9:00 a.m. We will meet at the nature trail outdoor classroom. If we are lucky, we may spot one of the two Bald Eagles that reside in the park. Beginners and experienced birdwatchers are welcome. Bring your binoculars and identification guides. This event does not require pre-registration and is free with your $4.00 per car park entry fee.
Contact: David Paschal for more information: david.paschal@co.union.nc.us or (704)843-3919.

 

 

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Ohio

 

Chillicothe

February 15, 10:00 a.m.
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park-Mound City Group Visitor Center, 16062 State Route 104. Join us for a hot-chocolate bird walk for the GBBC over easy and level terrain. Following the hike we will warm up with hot chocolate and bird-feeding crafts such as pine cone feeders and DIY suet cakes. If you have binoculars and bird guides, bring them with you.  A limited number of binoculars will be available for loan and free Ohio bird guides will be given out.
Contact: 740-774-1126 or visit www.nps.gov/hocu

Urbana

February 14, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
February 15, 9:00 a.m. guided walk

Cedar Bog Nature Preserve
You're invited to come visit the preserve during our regular hours to make observations for the GBBC. On Saturday, February 15, we are offering a guided walk at 9:00 a.m.led by Steve Moeckel and will have family activities during the day. We will be offering valentine cookies, hot chocolate, tea, and coffee to anyone who participates. Admission fees are $5 adults, $4 for children 6-12 and free for Ohio Historical Society and Cedar Bog Association members. There is no charge for any of the activities or the guided hike other than the regular admission fee.
More info: www.cedarbognp.org

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Oregon

 

Beavercreek

February 15, 8:00 a.m.
Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District, 22055 S Beavercreek Rd., Beavercreek
Join us for a Valentine weekend bird count! Whether you have never birded or are an expert bird watcher, we encourage everyone to meet at the District’s demonstration farm in Beavercreek for the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count. We will do a 15-minute count every hour, on the hour, from 8:00 a.m. through noon. Naturalist, Clair Klock, will lead the event.  All data collected will be submitted to the 2014 GBBC.  Come for any count or stay the whole morning and explore! Free
Contact: Lisa at 503-210-6002 or lkilders@conservationdistrict.org  


Fort Clatsop

February 14-17, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop
Each day of the  count, visitors are encouraged to do a count in the park.  On Saturday, February 15, Oregon State Park Ranger Dane Osis will be leading a birding walk starting at 9:00 a.m. from the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center along the Netul River Trail. On Sunday, February 16, Kelli Walker from the Oregon Zoo will give a 1:00 presentation on Condors of the Columbia.  In honor of Presidents Day, the $3 adult park admission will be waived on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, February 15-17.  The park is open every day from 9:00 to 5:00.
Contact: 503-861-2471, visit ww.nps.gov/lewi or follow the park on Facebook

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Pennsylvania

New Hope

February 15, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
The Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow is offering a brief tutorial on bird identification and how to count for the GBBC. This will be followed by our hike while we count the birds in the various habitats here at our Honey Hollow Watershed location. After the count a second brief tutorial on entering the count into the GBBC database will be held for those interested. Free
Contact: Diane L. Smith, 215-297-5880, dianesmith@bcas.org

Slippery Rock

Friday, February 14, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Jennings Environmental Education Center
Do you love birds? Then spend Valentines Day learning to identify and count them for science! Here’s an opportunity for homeschoolers to learn about birds and contribute to research about bird populations. Program includes hands-on discovery activities, bird identification, observing and counting of birds at feeders, and instructions for participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count. You can use your new skills to observe and submit data at home. Program designed for ages 5+. Cost $3.00/person (max. $12.00/family). Register online, by phone at 724-794-6011 or email (jenningssp@pa.gov) and prepay no later than Feb. 3. 

Saturday, February 15, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Jennings Environmental Education Center
Learn the basics of bird identification and feeding, while contributing to research about bird populations. Join Jennings and the Bartramian Audubon Society for an informative birding session about how to contribute data to the GBBC. Use your new skills to observe birds and submit your own data at home. This free program is designed for ages 10 and up, and is particularly recommended for teachers and youth leaders who want to involve their students in citizen science projects. Please register online or by calling 724-794-6011 before February 12.

AUDUBON SOCIETY OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA

Learn how you and your family can take part in this fun and important citizen-science event. We’ll go over basic bird ID for all ages, and how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count!  Trainings are primarily indoors, except where noted, and are appropriate for adults, and families with older elementary-aged students.

 Jan. 7, 1:00-2:30 p.m.; Great Backyard Bird Count Training 
South Butler Library, 240 West Main St., Saxonburg
Admission: Free
Summary: This session will cover bird identification, common birds of Western PA, and the data collection and submission process.
Please register online  at www.aswp.org or call Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania at 412-963-6100
   
Jan. 11, 10:00-11:00 a.m.; Great Backyard Bird Count Training
Coventry Log Cabin at Robin Hill Park 
Admission: Free
Summary: This session will cover bird identification, common birds of Western PA, and the data collection and submission process.
Please register online  at www.aswp.org or call the parks office at  412-262-1703 
 
Jan. 18, 10:00 a.m. to noon; Great Backyard Bird Count Training
Fern Hollow Nature Center, Sewickley
Admission: Free
Summary: This session will cover bird identification, common birds of Western PA, and the data collection and submission process, and an outdoor bird hike, weather permitting. Dress accordingly!
Please register online  at www.aswp.org or call Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania at 412-963-6100
 
Jan. 18, 2:00-3:30 p.m.; Great Backyard Bird Count Training 
Beaver Area Memorial Library, 100 College Ave, Beaver
Admission: Free
Summary: This session will cover bird identification, common birds of Western PA, and the data collection and submission process.
Please register online  at www.aswp.org or call Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania at 412-963-6100
   
Jan. 19, 2:00–3:30 p.m.; Great Backyard Bird Count Training
Crooked Creed Environmental Learning Center, 142 Kerr Rd, Ford City
Admission: Free
Summary: This session will cover bird identification, common birds of Western PA, and the data collection and submission process, and an outdoor bird hike, weather permitting. Dress accordingly!
Please register online  at www.aswp.org or call Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania at 412-963-6100

Jan. 25, 10:00 a.m.-noon; Great Backyard Bird Count Training 
The Outdoor Classroom, Boyce Mayview Park, Upper St. Clair
Admission: Free
Summary: This session will cover bird identification, common birds of Western PA, and the data collection and submission process, and an outdoor bird hike, weather permitting. Dress accordingly!
Please register online  at www.aswp.org or at the Outdoor Classroom or call 412-963-6100

Feb. 1, 10:00 a.m.- noon; Great Backyard Bird Count Training
Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh
Admission: Free
Summary: This session will cover bird identification, common birds of Western PA, and the data collection and submission process, and an outdoor bird hike, weather permitting. Dress accordingly!
Please register online  at www.aswp.org or call Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania at 412-963-6100

Feb. 8, 10:00 a.m.-noon ; Great Backyard Bird Count Training
Succop Conservancy, 185 Airport Rd, Butler
Admission: Free
Summary: This session will cover bird identification, common birds of Western PA, and the data collection and submission process, and an outdoor bird hike, weather permitting. Dress accordingly!
Please register online  at www.aswp.org or call Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania at 412-963-6100

Feb. 15, 10:00 a.m.-noon; Great Backyard Bird Count WALK
614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh
Admission: Free
Summary: Join us as we participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count! We’ll join thousands of people worldwide to help scientists learn more about bird populations. This program is fun for the whole family. After a brief introduction, we’ll hit the trails of our reserve to see who’s flying about, so please dress to be outdoors. Then you can take what you learn and count the birds in your neighborhood!    
Please register online  at www.aswp.org or call Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania at 412-963-6100

 

Reading

February 15, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Birdwatching Basics Program: 11:00 a.m.
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, 2910 New Holland Road
Scouts, youth groups , homeschoolers, and nature fans of all ages can  be citizen scientists for the GBBC with Nolde Forest staff, counting birds seen through two large viewing windows, with a variety of feeders attracting forest birds throughout the day.  The Center provides an indoor viewing area, filled feeders, binoculars with instruction, bird identification assistance, bird guides and videos, and information on bird feeding.  Activities for younger children are also available.  The “Birdwatching Basics” program introduces participants to binocular use and choices, bird identification, and the fun of watching birds! 
Free program, no registration.  Counters may come at any time and stay any amount of time.
Contact: 610-796-3699, or noldeforestprogramstaff@pa.gov


Sewickley

January 30, 6:30 p.m.
Sewickley Library, 500 Thorn Street
Award-winning bird photographer Doris Dumrauf will give a presentation about the Great Backyard Bird Count. Please register at 412-741-6920 or Sewickley@einetwork.net. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.
Contact: Doris Dumrauf, 412-264-0025, doris@dorisdumrauf.com

 

WAYNE

February 1, 10:00 a.m.
Radnor Library Windsor Room
Join the Radnor Memorial Library for an information session about the Great Backyard Bird Count. Steven Saffier from the PA Audubon Society will familiarize you with some of the birds that you might see in your backyard this winter. This is a great time to learn how to get involved with the count!
Contact: RML@radnorlibrary.org

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Texas

 

Arlington

February 15, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
River Legacy Living Science Center
Join River Legacy Living Science Center as we help count birds for science and participate in fun, family-friendly bird-related walks, crafts, and activities. This event is held in conjunction with the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Admission is free, donations accepted.
Contact: Tiffany Gorrell, 817-860-6752 x106, tiffany@riverlegacy.org


February 15, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
OS Gray Natural Area
Join the Freinds of the Os Gray Natural Area for their fourth annual GBBC event.  
Contact: friendsofosgray@gmail.com


CEDAR HILL

February 15, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill
Visit the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill for a Backyard Bird Count Festival! This all-day event allows you to learn the basics of the GBBC and watch for birds with other members of the community.
Contact: 469-526-1980


Cypress

February 14, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Lone Star College, 9191 Barker Cypress road, CASA building room 110
Join us for a lecture by naturalists and bird watchers Gary & Kathy Clark (Houston Chronicle columnists), followed by a guided walk around campus and environs to identify local birds for the GBBC. No admission charge
Contact: Claire.phillips@lonestar.edu

 

Dallas

February 15, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Join Trinity River Audubon Center's GBBC to help gather data for scientists around the world and brush up on your birding skills! Bird counts will be conducted every hour on the hour (approximately 15mins per count). Participate in the guided counts for free with general admission (free for members). All ages welcome!

 

Mexia

February 15, 9:00-11 a.m.
Creekside Christian Retreat, 260 LCR 235
Children with special needs are invited to visit and learn about birds while helping to count the birds at feeder stations placed throughout the Schoolyard Habitat. Volunteers will assist the children with bird identification and children will be introduced to field guides and the use of binoculars. Each child will be given a lapbook to take home that will contain information about common birds, bird identification cards, and pictures to color. The event is free but donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of materials. Registration is required.
Contact: Sharon Kersten, 254-747-0972, creeksidechristianretreat@gmail.com


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Vermont

 

Huntington

February 15 and 16, 8:00–10:00 a.m.
Green Mountain Audubon Center, Sherman Hollow Road
Join us at the Center for a special Great Backyard Bird Count monitoring walk in the morning. Then visit the Birds of Vermont Museum (through 3:00 p.m.) to watch birds at their feeding station, explore the museum exhibits, drink some bird-friendly coffee, and learn more about the Great Backyard Bird Count. All ages welcome; Admission fee for Birds of Vermont Museum 

February 15, 8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Green Mountain Audubon Center, 255 Sherman Hollow Road
Join the Green Mountain Audubon Center for a special Great Backyard Bird Count monitoring walk in the morning.

February 15, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road
After the bird walk, visit the Birds of Vermont Museum bird feeding station, explore the museum exhibits, drink some bird-friendly coffee, and learn more about the Great Backyard Bird Count.
Contact: cwilkinson@audubon.org


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Virginia


Marion

February 15, 10:00 a.m.-Noon
Hungry Mother State Park, 2854 Park Blvd
Meet in Molly’s Room in The Restaurant. Our program will highlight the Great Backyard Bird Count and will also include helpful hints on identifying birds. We will have a simple pine-cone bird feeder workshop where individuals will create their own bird feeder to take home.  (Workshop limited to 30 individuals.) Dress for the weather. Limited supply of field guides and binoculars are available to borrow from the park. Beginners welcome!
Contact: Tanya Hall, Tanya.Hall@dcr.virginia.gov


North Garden

January 23, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Baldwin Center, second floor
Join us for this workshop, led by Master Naturalists Dorothy Tompkins and Mary Tillman. Get help with bird identification and learn how you can take part oin the GBBC. Refreshments will be served.
Contact: Mary Tillman at mtillman@millstonemedical.com

 

Richmond

February 15, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Become a citizen scientist and help members of the Richmond Audubon Society identify and count birds for the GBBC. Then take your new birding skills back to participate in the count from your own yard. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Individuals or families (children ages 5 and up) can participate.  Pre-registration required.  Members free.  Non-members: $11 adults, $10 seniors, $7 children 3-12.  Includes admission to the Garden.
Contact: Kristi Orcutt, 804-262-9887 x322, kristio@lewisginter.org

Williamsburg

February 15, 1:00 p.m.
York River State Park
Join members of the Williamsburg Bird Club for a bird walk around the diverse habitats of York River State Park. We’ll scope out the winter ducks on the York River and look for Bald Eagles and Great Blue Herons. The upland wooded habitats feature woodpeckers, kinglets, Eastern Bluebirds, Cedar Waxwings, and more. $3.00 Parking fee applies.
Contact: Geoff Giles, tylerandal2@aol.com, 757-645-8716, or John Gresham, John.Gresham@dcr.virginia.gov, 757-566-3036

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Washington

Edmonds

February 8, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Native Plant Demo Garden, 95 Pine St, Edmonds, WA
Learn how to identify, count and submit data on our common backyard birds for the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count. Will include practice with binoculars. Free. Hosted by Pilchuck Audubon Society.
Contact: 
Kathleen Snyder, president@pilchuckaudubon.org

Fort Clatsop

February 14-17, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop
Each day of the  count, visitors are encouraged to do a count in the park.  On Saturday, February 15, Oregon State Park Ranger Dane Osis will be leading a birding walk starting at 9:00 a.m. from the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center along the Netul River Trail. On Sunday, February 16, Kelli Walker from the Oregon Zoo will give a 1:00 presentation on Condors of the Columbia.  In honor of Presidents Day, the $3 adult park admission will be waived on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, February 15-17.  The park is open every day from 9:00 to 5:00.
Contact: 503-861-2471, visit ww.nps.gov/lewi or follow the park on Facebook

Ilwaco

February 15, 10:00 a.m.-Noon
Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 3888 State Route 101
Bird enthusiasts of all interests and levels are invited to join Refuge staff to ensure Willapa National Wildlife Refuge's birds are counted!. You do not need equipment or specialized bird knowledge to participate. Meet at the Tarlatt Unit of the Refuge located at the east end of 95th off Sandridge Road. Dress for the weather, including layers, water-proof footwear and rain gear. Bring binoculars if you have them.
Contact: Nancy Holman, 360-484-3482, nancy_holman@fws.gov

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Wisconsin

 

Bristol

February 8, 1:00 p.m.
Pringle Nature Center
Come and make a feeder for your backyard so you can count the birds for the GBBC. We will offer a short identification session,including how to report data for the count, and have some fun activities. You will also get a baggie of seed for your feeder. Supplies are limited. Pre-registration is required. Please bring your own hammer. Friends: $10.00/General Public: $12.00
Contact: Valerie Mann, Naturalist, naturalist@pringlenc.org or 262-857-8008

 

LaCrosse


February 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Myrick Hixon EcoPark, 789 Myrick Park Drive
Wild Birds Unlimited presents the Great Backyard Bird Count seminar with with local Audubon president, Dan Jackson. Contact: wildbirds@centurytel.net or 608-781-5088

LaFarge

February 15, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Kickapoo Valley Reserve Bird Club Visitor Center
We welcome kids and all others interested in birds to join us at the Visitor Center to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. From the comfort of the lobby, KVR Bird Club members will be present to assist with identification and using binoculars and spotting scopes while keeping a count of the birds at the feeder. Free Event. No registration required.
Contact: Ben Johnston, ben.johnston@wisconsin.gov, 608-625-2960