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 17-20, 2017. 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. 


District of Columbia

Washington, DC

February 18, Saturday
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Theodore Roosevelt Island, Washington, DC

Join DC Audubon as we count birds on Theodore Roosevelt Island in the middle of the Potomac river. Registration required



Miami, FL

February 18, Saturday
12 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL

Featuring interactive games and prizes, and led by a host of bird experts, Tropical Audubon Society's free Bird Day festival is an enriching experience for young children seeking an outdoor adventure, as well as being a perfect venue for school ecology clubs and scout troops. Participants can learn how to identify birds by their silhouettes, craft a Wildlife T-shirt ($5), take part in Owl Pellet dissection, craft Piping Plover “chicks,” and experience a microscopic view of the colorful world of feathers. Additionally: Native plants will available for purchase. Nature lovers can explore the trails that thread the restored Tropical Hardwood Hammock and Pine Rockland habitats. History buffs can tour the 1932 Doc Thomas House, which serves as TAS headquarters and was recently designated a “Florida Heritage Site.” Parking: Limited free parking via 55th Avenue auto entry gate; nearby metered parking; various garage and valet parking options within 1-3 blocks; Metrorail service to South Miami Station.


New York

Katonah, NY

February 19, Sunday
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Bylane Farm, Katonah, NY

The Great Backyard Bird Count at Bylane Farm with Bedford Audubon President and Professor of Biology Dr. Alan Clark, and Vice-President Marilyn Glass. Make your bird observations count! Learn how to identify common feeder and yard birds and enter your data for the Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs through Monday, February 20. Coffee, hot cocoa, and donuts will be served. Family friendly, children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Register with Susan at or 914.302.9713.



Arlington, TX

February 18, Saturday
10 a.m - 2 p,m.
River Legacy Living Science Center, Arlinton, TX

Did you know Texas is among the states with the highest record of bird species in the country? Come join us at River Legacy Living Science Center for a family-friendly bird festival as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Hone your bird identification skills on a guided bird walk with Master Naturalists along the River Legacy Parks' trails. Other activities at the festival will include bird-related games and crafts, live raptor presentations, and storytime with a librarian. This event is free and open to the public, no registration required. Restrooms will be at the facility. No dogs please. For more information, visit or call (817) 860-6752.



Huntington, VT

February 18, Saturday
8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Green Mountain Audubon Center, 255 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, VT

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.

February 18, Saturday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, VT

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. 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. 

February 18, Saturday
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, VT

Do you ever hear or see a bird in your backyard and wonder what it is?  Is your family interested in learning about birds and developing awesome birding skills?  Join The Birds of Vermont Museum and Audubon Vermont to learn the tools you need to identify and enjoy the beautiful birds of Vermont.  Spend time with the spectacular bird carvings inside the museum and focus on how to identify a bird based on the color of its feathers.  Explore outside using binoculars to search for our feathered friends. Come join us for some fun and gains skills that will last a lifetime! Drop in at the Birds of Vermont Museum between 11 am and 1 pm.  All families welcome!


Ewing, VA

February 17-20
5 p.m.
Wilderness Road State Park, Wilderness State Road, Ewing, VA

Join Wilderness Road State Park for daily bird counts during the GBBC. Contact: 276-445-3065.