Activities During the Great Backyard Bird Count

Get outside with local birders!

White-breasted Nuthatch. Photo: Nick Saunders/Great Backyard Bird Count

Activities During the Great Backyard Bird Count

Get outside with local birders!

The events below are just a selection of the many hundreds of Great Backyard Bird Count events that Audubon Chapters and Centers and other groups will be offering to help people participate in the count, February 16-19, 2018. You can find more local events by searching for the Audubon Chapter or Center nearest you.  For inclusion in this listing, please email us your event details. 

Florida

Silver Springs, FL
Friday, February 16, 9am - 1pm
Silver Springs State Park, 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs, FL 34488
Birding by kayak led by John Schaefer, President of Marion Audubon. Meet at Silver Springs State Park Main Entrance Kayak Launch area. Rent a kayak at the concession table or bring your own. If bringing your own, pay your launch fee when you drop your kayak off. The $6 fee includes all day admission to the rest of the Park. If bringing your own kayak, bring a life vest and whistle; the rental kayaks will provide this. The four mile/four hour trip includes a rest/lunch stop. Bring water, a tow rope for the front of your kayak, sun hat, lunch/snack, bug spray and binoculars.

Ocala, FL
Saturday, February 17, 9am
Tuscawilla Park, 829 NE Sanchez Ave, Ocala 34470
Guided bird walk at Tuscawilla Park, 829 NE Sanchez Ave, Ocala 34470. Meet at 9am at the picnic area next to the playground. Binoculars are helpful but not essential. Larry Sutton, Treasurer for Marion Audubon Society will be the Guide.

Silver Springs, FL
Monday, February 19, 9am, 10am, and 1pm
Silver Springs State Park, 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs, FL 34488
Marion Audubon Society will be spending the day at Silver Springs State Park. Park entry fees are $2 per person at the Main Gate. 9am: Birding by Kayak with Park Ranger Craig Littauer. Please follow the instructions above for Friday’s birding by kayak trip. This trip will last for 2 hours. Marion Audubon Society will provide an information table, bird lists, and instructions for entering your bird counts into the database. Find us in front of the Education Center. This table is the meet up location for two guided bird walks. The 10am walk will be led by Liza Caudillo, a member of Marion Audubon. The walk at 1pm will be led by Park Ranger Craig Littauer. For information on the meetings and guided bird walks, please go to www.marioncountyaudubon.com.  “LIKE” us on Facebook and sign up for our activities and programs on Meetup.

Idaho

Boise, ID
Monday, February 19, 10am - 12pm
Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve, 5301 N Maple Grove Rd, Boise, ID 83704
Golden Eagle Audubon Society is hosting a drawing for prizes for people who let us know they have participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count in Idaho. Printed data sheets can be found at the Cole & Ustick Library as well as several area environmental education centers.  You can also find directions and printable data sheets at https://www.goldeneagleaudubon.org/Great-Backyard-Bird-Count.  Return hardcopy data to the Library to be entered into the drawing, or submit your data directly to eBird (preferred) and tag us on social media using #GBBCboise with a picture from a count. Each list submitted counts as an entry into our drawing which includes great prizes like a pair of binoculars, a field guide, a bird feeder, and more! The public is also invited to join us for a bird count at Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve (5301 N Maple Grove Rd, Boise, ID 83704) from 10am to noon on Monday, Feb 19th. We will have binoculars and field guides available to borrow as we count!

Maryland

California, MD
Saturday, February 17, 9am - 11am
Myrtle Point Park
Join trip leader Bob Boxwell in this annual event. We will be taking the circuit route around Myrtle Point Park.  Come prepared for the winter weather and bring your binoculars.  We will count both species and the number of each to report to the GBBC website.  Meet outside the gate at 9 a.m.  For additional information e-mail Bob at bobboxwell@hotmail.com or call 410-610-5124.

Easton, MD
Saturday, February 17, 9am - 12pm
Pickering Creek Audubon Center, 11450 Audubon Lane Easton, MD 21601
Join volunteers for Great Backyard Bird Count at Pickering Creek Audubon Center.  Volunteers of all birding skill levels are needed to join the survey group in the morning, to listen and point out birds that might otherwise be missed.  A family-friendly bird walk is scheduled, complete with a scavenger hunt for little ones and an opportunity to make suet for winter birds visiting the Center’s feeders. Free of charge, Call 410-822-4903 to register!

Huntingtown, MD
Friday, February 16, 8:30am - 3pm
Kings Landing Park
Calvert Nature Society event. Ages 13 and up. Besides Kings Landing, we will visit Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary and the North Beach Marsh to increase our chances of seeing more species and numbers of birds. Reservations are required by Wednesday, February 14. Program is free. Go to www.calvertparks.org  to register.

Lusby, MD
Saturday, February 17, 8am - 10am
Flag Ponds Nature Park
Calvert Nature Society event. All ages. Whether you are a novice or an expert birder, volunteers of all ages are welcome to help identify and count birds. Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele. This program is free. Reservations are required by Thursday, February 15. Go to www.calvertparks.org  to register.

Lusby, MD
Monday, February 19, 9am - 10am
Hellen Creek Preserve
Join trip leader Bob Boxwell who will be taking Hellen Creek Trail to the creek. Come prepared for the winter weather and bring your binoculars.  We will count both species and the number of each to report to the GBBC website. At Coster/Mill Bridge Road take the turn onto Coster.  Follow 0.9 of a mile to Clifton Drive. Turn right and follow 0.3 of a mile to a sign with 11785 on top and Boxwell on the bottom. Turn left and park at the end of the driveway. Note: Google maps does not work for the address 11785 Clifton Drive, Lusby, MD. Follow the directions listed. For additional information e-mail Bob at bobboxwell@hotmail.com or call 410-610-5124.

Port Tobacco, MD
Sunday, February 18, 10am - 12pm
Port Tobacco River Park
Join trip leader Lynne Wheeler at our new Charles County park. We will count all birds seen and heard on the Eagle and Wetland trails. Dress appropriately and bring your binoculars, but we also have some to lend. This is a great beginner bird activity! We will also check on our eagle nest and discuss the Eagle Monitoring initiative. Become a citizen scientist! For additional information email Lynne at  somdaudubon@yahoo.com or 301-751-8097 (prefer text).

Potomac, MD
Saturday, February 17, 10am - 12pm
11710 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854
We will meet at the Great Falls Tavern at 10am and go on a 2 1/2 mile hike along the towpath. Level of difficulty: Easy. Registration is required, to RSVP, email Mary Kate Gentile at mary_gentile@partner.nps.gov

New York

Greenport, NY
Saturday, February 17, 12pm - 3pm
Red House at Inlet Pond County Park, 65275 Route 48, Greenport, NY 11944
Join North Fork Audubon Society to learn how to become a citizen scientist, by participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count, February 16 – 19th 2018.  During this period, bird watchers of all ages and ability count birds worldwide to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are. For more information call 516 526 9095 or email Info@northforkaudubon.orgnorthforkaudubon.org

New York, NY
Saturday, February 17, 10am - 11:30am
Washington Square Park
Join us to count birds during the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), a project of the National Audubon Society. We will walk the wildlife survey transect in Washington Square Park. Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars (we will have a couple of spares). Consider using the eBird app to log and share your observations. Led by Heather Wolf, the author of the wildly popular bird guide, Birding at the Bridge: In Search of Every Bird on the Brooklyn Waterfront. The event is free and open to the public of all ages but limited to 20 people. Please RSVP to wspecoprojects@gmail.com

New York, NY
Sunday, February 18, 10am - 11:30am
Washington Square Park
Join us to count birds during the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), a project of the National Audubon Society. We will walk the wildlife survey transect in Washington Square Park. Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars (we will have a couple of spares). Consider using the eBird app to log and share your observations. Led by Loyan Beausoleil, an artist, early childhood educator, and birder. She is a member of the Teacher Advisory Board of the Wildlife Conservation Society. The event is free and open to the public of all ages but limited to 20 people. Please RSVP to wspecoprojects@gmail.com

Ohio

Minerva, OH
Friday, February 16, 9am - 11am
Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center, 16146 Daniel St NE, Minerva, OH 44657
Join Canton Audubon Society at Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center in Minerva, Ohio. Canton Audubon members will assist the Center's naturalist, Adam Zorn with the GBBC in the Bird Observatory. The public is welcome to stop by anytime during regular business hours. 

Minerva, OH
Saturday, February 17, 10am - 12pm
Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center, 16146 Daniel St NE, Minerva, OH 44657
Join Canton Audubon Society for "Breakfast with the Birds", refreshments and food will be available and it is free and open to the public. Please register by Friday, February 16. Call 330-823-7487 or email naturecenter@mountunion.edu

Minerva, OH
Sunday, February 18, 1pm - 3pm
Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center, 16146 Daniel St NE, Minerva, OH 44657
Join Canton Audubon Society at Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center in Minerva, Ohio. Canton Audubon members will assist the Center's naturalist, Adam Zorn with the GBBC in the Bird Observatory. The public is welcome to stop by anytime during regular business hours. 

Minerva, OH
Monday, February 19, 9am - 11am
Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center, 16146 Daniel St NE, Minerva, OH 44657
Join Canton Audubon Society at Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center in Minerva, Ohio. Canton Audubon members will assist the Center's naturalist, Adam Zorn with the GBBC in the Bird Observatory. The public is welcome to stop by anytime during regular business hours.

Vermont

Huntington, VT
Saturday, February 17, 8:30am - 10:30am
Audubon Vermont's Green Mountain Audubon Center, 255 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, 05462
Count with us at the Green Mountain Audubon Center for a special Great Backyard Bird Count monitoring walk in the morning. Following our regular monitor route, we will search for birds in various habitats at the Audubon Center. Intended for those with experience using binoculars and listening to bird song, we will identify as many as possible of the winter birds we see or hear, and record counts of their population numbers. The long-term data we gather contributes to the eBird database, which is available to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, conservation biologists, and the public. Explore bird sightings from the Green Mountain Audubon Center. After our Monitoring Walk we will 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. Meeting Place: Office Building, Green Mountain Audubon Center. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/wxJOd

Huntington, VT
Sunday, February 18, 10am - 4pm
Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, 05462
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.  Join us in the morning at the Green Mountain Audubon Center for a special Bird Monitoring Walk from 8:30 to 10:30 am. Warm up and enjoy the Birds of Vermont Museum. Open House between 10 am and 4 pm. 

Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
Saturday, February 17, 10am - 1pm
Tracy Aviary, 589 E. 1300 S., Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Join Tracy Aviary educators at this year's Great Backyard Bird Count! From 10am-11:30am guests will practice their birding skills before a staff-guided bird survey where they’ll learn how to use eBird and contribute to the Great Backyard Bird Count by counting the birds at Liberty Lake. This event is free with Tracy Aviary admission, and wraps up in time for guests to enjoy the Indoor Bird Show at 1pm. More information at http://tracyaviary.org/upcoming-events/gbbc.

Washington

University Place, WA
Saturday, February 17, 9am - 10:30am
Adriana Hess Wetland Park, 2917 Morrison Road W., University Place, WA 98466
This FREE session of the Great Backyard Bird Count, or GBBC, is especially designed for kids & families and is hosted by Tahoma Audubon at the Adriana Hess Audubon Center in University Place. We'll start with an introduction to birding in your backyard, then head outdoors with naturalists to observe and count birds in this urban park.  Bring your binoculars or borrow ours. Children under 12 years of age need an adult with them, and one adult per every two children is requested. Limited to 20 people (kids & adults). Please include number of kids and adults, and ages of kids when they register, and include phone contact in case of cancellation (heavy rain may cancel event as birds will be hiding!). Our Nature Shop will also be open that day if you'd like to pick up a handy bird book to continue counting and watching birds in your own backyard or nearby park. Register here

University Place, WA
Saturday, February 17, 11:30am - 1pm
Adriana Hess Wetland Park, 2917 Morrison Road W., University Place, WA 98466
Join Tahoma Audubon for this FREE Great Backyard Bird Count kids & families at the Adriana Hess Audubon Center in University Place. Start with a quick introduction to birding in your backyard, then head outdoors with naturalists to observe and count birds in this urban park. Bring your binoculars or share ours. Children under 12 years of age need an adult with them, and one adult per two children is recommended. Limited to 20 people (kids & adults). Please include number of kids and adults, and ages of kids when they register, and include phone contact in case of cancellation (heavy rain may cancel event as birds will be hiding!). Our Nature Shop will also be open that day if you'd like to pick up a handy bird book to continue counting and watching birds in your own backyard or nearby park. Register here

West Virginia

Elkins, WV
Saturday, February 17, 9am - 11am
Glendale Park, 405 Glendale Ave, Elkins, WV 26241
Join the USFWS WV Field Office and the WV Division of Natural Resources for the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count! All experience levels are welcome- we will have some experienced birders on hand to guide you! Dress appropriately for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them. This event is free and open to people of all ages; children are welcome! For more information, contact julia_fregonara@fws.gov

Wisconsin

Sheboygan, WI
Saturday, February 17, 10am - 12pm
Kohler-Andrae State Park, 1020 Beach Park Ln, Sheboygan, WI 53081
Join Sheboygan County Audubon Society at the Kohler-Andrae State Park ranger station to start our GBBC adventure! We will spend time watching the feeders and then explore the lakefront and campground areas of the park. Bring your binoculars and join the fun! (Don't have binoculars? Don't worry! You can borrow a pair from us!) Wisconsin State Park sticker required to enter the park. This event is free and open to the public, no registration necessary!