Local Events

Are you planning a presentation, bird festival, guided walk, or other event before or during the 2015 Great Backyard Bird Count? We want to know about it! Please send an email to gbbc@cornell.edu listing date(s), time(s), location, admission charge (if any), and contact information for your event and we’ll get it posted on this page. Thank you!




February 14
Bird walk, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Zoo GBBC activities: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Road
Meet at the Children’s Zoo Entrance gate. Admission to the Zoo is free if you attend the bird walk.
Bird walk: Gather at the Children’s Zoo entrance gate for the walk with members of the Birmingham Audubon Society and Birmingham Zoo bird curatorsdes to help with bird identification. The route will take us through the Zoo, stopping in the Alabama Wilds and the water retention basin area where we are likely to see a variety of winter visitors and resident birds, and perhaps some shorebirds too.Data collected during the bird walk will be entered into the GBBC database after the walk. The zoo will hold a variety of bird related activities for children following the bird walk.
Contact: http://www.birminghamzoo.com/


February 13-16, regular hours
Huntsville Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
You can help us count the birds at HBG by picking up data sheets, a map of the Lewis Birding Trail, pencils, local bird checklists, and self-guided instructions for each day you participate, inside the Linda J. Smith Visitor Center in the education department alcove. We’ll have almost everything a family will need to spend the morning or afternoon observing and counting birds in the Garden. Bring your own binoculars! No registration required. Fee: Membership or Garden Admission.
Contact: 256-830-4447




February 14, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway
This class is designed for families with children ages 4 to 13, although children 17 and under are welcome. Limit 20 people per program. Love those birds! Celebrate Valentine’s Day looking for birds at the Garden as part of the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Bird lovers all over the world will be spotting and counting birds in their own backyards, and you can join them. We will show you how to use binoculars and identify our most common species. You will become a citizen scientist gathering data that will help us learn more about birds and their ecology. Fee: $12/member; $15 non-member.


February 14, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Hummingbird Ramada at the West Wetlands Park
Count birds with us for the GBBC! Open to the public; bring binoculars, hat, and water. Free
Contact:  yaspresident@yahoo.com



West Fork

February 14, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Devil’s Den State Park, 11333 West Arkansas Highway 74
Join bird enthusiasts and park staff as we count the birds around the par for the GBBC. Meet at Lake Trailhead by the Lee Creek Highway Bridge. Free to the public
Contact: 479-761-3325 or devilsden@arkansas.com




February 15, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave.
Family Bird Fest, free with Garden Admission. Grab your binoculars for a fun day in the Garden learning about our feathered friends and taking part in the GBBC. An educational celebration of all kinds 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 including members of Pomona Valley Audubon Society and Wild Wings of California with live raptors, bird life displays and drop-in family activities, sponsored in part by Pomona Valley Audubon Society.
Contact: 909-625-8767

San Jose

February 13-16
All Santa Clara County Parks (Santa Clara Parks & Recreation)
Pick any location and watch birds for a minimum of 15 minutes and record your observations. Repeat at another location in the county parks that you visit. Make your visits as long or as short as you want, and visit multiple parks during the weekend. Registration required.
: Chris Crockett, chris.crockett@prk.sccgov.org




February 15, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd.
Visit with live, dynamic raptors including an American kestrel, Swainson’s Hawk, and Red-tailed Hawk that will be joining us from Wild Wings Environmental Education starting at 11:00 a.m. Find out how to woo the birds in your neighborhood with delicious seed selection and fabulous feeder techniques! Join us on a scenic bird hike or help us count the birds for the GBBC at our nature center feeders. Bring your kids or grandkids and help them make their own binoculars and participate in a nature scavenger hunt. Free family event but donation of $5 suggested.
Kate Hogan at 303-973-9530 or communityoutreach@denveraudubon.org

Manitou Lake

February 14, 8:00–10:00 a.m.
Manitou Lake, Hwy 67, 7.5 miles north from Hwy 24
Join guide Dee DeJong, from Guides-To-Go, for an easy, 1.5 mile walk to count the birds for the GBBC. Dress for the weather and bring your own binoculars and water. Cost: The guided hike is free but a day-use fee of $6 per car is required to park at Manitou Lake. Ages: 6 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult). Please RSVP to save a spot!
Contact: Dee DeJong, 720-838-3277 or dee@guides-to-go.com

Woodland Park

February 11, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Woodland Professional Building, 400 W Highway 24, Suite #200
Join guide Dee DeJong, from Guides-To-Go, to view a short presentation about the Great Backyard Bird Count. We will go over how to participate in the count and learn some bird identification tips. Free
Contact: Dee DeJong, 720-838-3277 or dee@guides-to-go.com



February 14, 10:00 a.m.-noon
White Memorial Conservation Center, 80 Whitehall Rd., meet in the A.B. Ceder Room
Join us for a brief lesson, led by Education Director Carrie Szwed, on how to identify some common birds that visit our yards and feeders during winter. We’ll practice our new ID skills by observing what birds come to our bird-feeding station outside the windows of the Nature Museum. Then we’ll enter our observations for the GBBC. Once you’ve learned these steps, you can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count at home too! There is no program fee, however museum admission will be charged to non-members.
Contact: 860-567-0857 x16 or carrie@whitememorialcc.org




February 13, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Multiple locations, hosted by Delaware Nature Society. Meet at Ashland Nature Center for van transportation, 3511 Barley Mill Road
Visit wetlands and shores of the Delaware River near New Castle and Delaware City to find and tally birds for the GBBC. Gambacorta Marsh, Dragon Run, and the Delaware City Waterfront should provide us with looks at wintering waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds. Fees: $15/member; $22/non-member. Registration required.
302-239-2334 or Delaware Nature Society


District of Columbia


February 14, 10:00 a.m.
Constitution Gardens, 18th St and Constitution Ave NW
Join DC Audubon this Valentine’s Day as we count birds in America’s backyard, the National Mall. We will look for winter waterfowl, gulls, and songbirds at Constitution Gardens and the Tidal Basin. Be sure to share the joy of birding with the ones you love by encouraging them to come along! Participation is free and binoculars will be available. Please register here.
Contact: dcaudubonsociety@gmail.com



Cape Coral

January 22; 2:00 p.m.
Rotary Park, 5505 Rose Garden Road
Information session about the GBBC and local birds. You can also take a walk around the park to look for birds. Admission is free.
Contact: 239-242-3547


February 14, 15, and 16;  8:30 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.
STA5 (Stormwater Treatment Area 5)
Birders and photographers welcome for this driving trip during which you can record birds for the GBBC. Size is limited to 60 participants daily. Donations accepted to defray expenses in order to provide this opportunity. Reservations are required. The event is hosted by Hendry-Glades Audubon www.hendrygladesaudubon.org
Contact: sta5birding@embarqmail.com


February 14, 8:00 a.m.-noon
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Rd.
Join our staff and volunteers for the GBBC! We will be counting all species seen and heard throughout the Lake Overstreet property and trails. At noon we will gather to tally the count at the trail head.Bring your sweetheart and or the whole family.For more information, visit www.floridastateparks.org/maclay
Contact: Linda Trice, Linda.Trice@dep.state.fl.us




February 14, 8:30 a.m. — Bird Identification and GBBC Primer
February 14, 9:00 a.m. — Guided walk at the Preserve

Blue Heron Nature Preserve, 4055, Roswell Road
Join Atlanta Audubon Society to celebrate the 2015 GBBC by counting birds with us on a family-friendly guided bird walk! The event will feature take-home posters, coloring pages for kids, and more surprises. Binoculars will be available to borrow.
Contact: Melanie Furr, Director of Education, at melanie@atlantaaudubon.org or 678-973-2437


February 14, Classes at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.; Birdwatching all day
Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive
The Dunwoody Nature Center will be offering classes for adults and children to participate in this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count. Birding lessons will feature information about species identification, the importance of the bird count, how to do basic bird observation, and how to correctly enter the tally into the GBBC website. Several computers will be available at the Nature Center. After the introduction, participants are encouraged to use the 22 acres of Dunwoody Park to do their bird count. There are several prime viewing areas throughout the park including the tree house pavilion, education building, gazebo, Wildcat Creek, and miles of trails. This event will be free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.
Contact: 770-394-3322


February 14, 7:30 a.m.
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, 2700 Suwannee Canal Road
Join refuge staff and volunteers on for the Great Backyard Bird Count! Join us for a presentation beginning at 7:30 a.m. by Sheila Willis, President of the Okefenokee Bird Club, and then go on an easy hike in search of wintering birds. Meet at the Educational Classroom located at the Suwannee Canal Recreation Area. Registration is encouraged. Bring binoculars and field guide. Some binoculars are available for loan, but not many. Entry into the refuge is FREE in honor of President’s Day weekend!
Contact: 912-496-7836


February 14,8:00-11:00 a.m.
Elachee Nature Science Center and the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, 2100 Calvary Church Road
Join us for a morning of winter birding at Chicopee Lake where we will search for a variety of ducks, raptors and winter migrants at one of north Georgia’s best birding spots. Open to birders of all levels and to children 10 and older.Directions for Chicopee Lake: From Exit 20, I-985 (Candler Road, GA 60) head east to the first traffic light at Calvary Church Road. Turn right, go three miles and turn into the parking lot on the right (look for the pavilion) adjacent to Chicopee Lake. Registration required.
Contact: 770-535-1976.


February 10, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, 543 Elliott Trail
Joins us for “Homeschool Field Days-All About Birds.” Naturalists will provide lessons and demonstrations about the lives, behavior, and conservation of some of our Georgia birds along with information about citizen science and how to participate in the GBBC.Minimum age for participation is 6 and group size is limited to 40. Bring your own lunch.
Fees: one adult/one child $20; one adult/two children $25; family rate $30. Registration required.
Contact: 770-784-3059 or amber.mooney@dnr.state.ga.us

Pine Mountain

February 13, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
F.D. Roosevelt State Park, 2970 Ga. Highway 190
Join Dr. Bill Birkhead and Friends of Harris County Library as he helps us count winter birds for the GBBC. Novice and expert birders welcome. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. We provide a checklist. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the park after the count. Meet at the park office. There is a parking fee of $5.00
Contact: 706-663-4858


February 14, 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd.
We’re offering a guided tour as part of the GBBC. Birders will experience a variety of habitats on about a 1 mile walk, including a 3-year old clear cut area that is now being managed as longleaf pine/meadow habitat, lake-side habitat, pine forest, and riparian habitats. Learn about “eBird” and the “Great Backyard Bird Count,” Atlanta and Oconee Audubon Societies, and how you can get involved in birding, and tracking what you find.  There is a $5.00 parking fee. Participants will meet at the Park Office/Trading Post.
Contact: 706-557-3001


February 13, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Fort Yargo State Park, meet at the Nature Center
The park has some great habitat, including marshland, mixed hardwood Forest, and an expansive open lake. We will look for a variety of birds like woodpeckers, warblers, and wading birds. Learn about the Great Backyard Bird Count, eBird, Atlanta and Oconee Audubon Societies, and how you can get involved in bird watching, as well as land conservation.  There is a $5.00 parking fee per vehicle. We encourage all level of birders to join us.
Contact: 770-867-3489.




February 14, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road
Event for children, ages 4+. We will discuss how to identify birds and view pictures of the most common birds seen in winter, observe birds at feeders, hike a trail while counting birds, and head indoors to compile our data. Each child will receive an Audubon Adventures magazine provided by Prairie Woods Audubon. Parents also welcome. Fees: Free for CNC members; non-members pay $5 for the first child and $1 for each additional child. Class size is limited to 30 children, register by February 8.
: 847-382-SAVE (7283)

Park Forest

February 14, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road
Come to the Thorn Creek Nature Center anytime throughout the day for help with bird identification, choosing binoculars, local bird checklists and more. Join us for birding hikes at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. No registration required. A part of this program will take place indoors in an accessible facility. Hiking is on natural surface trails across uneven terrain for approximately two miles. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should call.
Contact: 708-747-6320

St. Charles

February 14, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Drive
Event for children, ages 5+. Watch and learn! Local birds will provide the entertainment while members of Kane County Audubon provide the information—identifying species, sharing life history notes, and giving tips on how to attract birds to your yard or neighborhood. All results will be submitted to the GBBC. Free but registration is required.
: 630-513-4399


February 14, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, 2315 Clear Lake Avenue
Count birds at our feeders for the GBBC. No bird identification experience is necessary. Adults and children are welcome.
Contact: Tracy Zeman, 217-544-2473, tzeman@illinoisaudubon.org


February 14, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Lincoln Marsh, Harrison Avenue and Pierce (Wheaton Park District)
What makes a bird a bird? Come learn all about our feathered friends and then hit the trails to see how many we can spot. We’ll keep a tally and submit our results to the annual GBBC. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration code: 110528-01 Pre-registration required, register online at www.wheatonparkdistrict.com. The Wheaton Park District reserves the right to cancel a program due to insufficient registration.
Contact: 630-871-2810.




February 12, 7:00 p.m.
Batesville Public Library
GBBC information session
Contact: Chris Fox, christopher.fox@in.nacdnet.net


GBBC events hosted by Wild Birds Unlimited, 5620 E. Virginia St.
February 7, 1:00 p.m.: Identifying Birds for the novice. Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve. Workshop will cover how to identify all of those pesky little brown jobs.
February 7, 2:00 p.m.: Using eBird to your best advantage.Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve. Workshop will cover the importance of using eBird to enter checklists during the GBBC and throughout the year.
February 13, 9:00 a.m.: Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve bird hike. Boeke Ave.
February 14, 8:00 a.m.: Howell Wetlands Natural Area, bird hike.
February 15, 3:30 p.m.: Owl Prowl at Bluegrass Fish and Wildlife Area, Elberfeld
February 16, 8:00 a.m.: Eagle Slough Natural Area, bird hike
Contacts: Tim E. Griffith, timgrif396@gmail.com or Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve: 812-479-0771 ext. 100

Fort Wayne

February 16, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Fox Island County Park, 7324 Yohne Road
Join birders across the world as we observe the variety of bird species found in Allen County for the GBBC.  Scientists use our data to compare bird populations from one year to the next. Cost: $2 park entry and a bird seed/suet donation. Pre-register by Feb. 8. Min. 5; Max.  30.
Contact: Natalie Haley, 260-449-3246 or nhaley@allencountyparks.org


February 15, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
Holliday Park & Nature Center, 6363 Spring Mill Road
Join us to add to the GBBC data! Spend some time in our wildlife observation area watching different birds come and go and take a leisurely hike through the forest in search of winter birds. A naturalist will help you identify what you see. Free; no registration required.
Contact: 317-327-7180

February 14, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Daubenspeck Community Nature Park, 8900 Ditch Road
Imagine being a tiny bird out in the nature park this winter!  Come see these incredible survivors and learn about their winter survival skills while we walk the trails counting birds for science with the Great Backyard Bird Count. Free Event. Dress for the weather. Bring your binoculars, there will be some to share.
Contact:  Brian Cunningham 317-208-4039, daubpark@hotmail.com

West Lafayette

February 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Prophetstown State Park, 5545 Swisher Road
Join us at the Visitor Center for a fun woodworking workshop with wood, nails, and hammers provided. Participants will build and take home a birdhouse. Additionally, we’ll step outside for awhile and do some bird watching for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, Feb. 12 and space is limited. Cost is $10 and registration is required.
Contact: Angie Manuel, 765-567-4919 or amanuel@dnr.in.gov


February 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street
Join the Zion Nature Center as we record the number of bird species around the Nature Center and within the Zion Nature Sanctuary for the GBBC.
Contact: 317-873-8950




February 14, 1:00 p.m.
Atlantic Public Library Community Room, 507 Poplar Street
Come learn how to participate in the GBBC! We will also cover some basic bird identification.
Contact: Lora Kanning, 712-769-2372

Center Junction

February 14, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Central Park Nature Center, 12515 Central Park Nature Center
Use binoculars to count the birds of Central Park from the comforts of the Nature Center or venture outside for some hard-core birdwatching, all for the GBBC.  Check out the new wall mural painting and diorama and updated exhibits. Make a pinecone bird feeder to take home or try your artistic skills by entering the winter coloring contest. Everyone can sign up to win a free bird feeder and enjoy some delicious cookies and hot chocolate. No registration required.
Contact: (319) 481-7987 or naturalist@co.jones.ia.us


February 7, 7:00 p.m.
Decorah Library, 202 Winnebago Street
The Upper Iowa Audubon Society would like to encourage everyone to watch the birds during this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count.  There will be a short, informal information session about the GBBC at the Decorah Library and everyone is also invited to participate in the count at Lake Meyer on Friday, February 13, at 2:00 p.m. We will meet at the parking lot by the pole shed, near the campground.
Contact: 563-382-3717




February 14, 8:00 a.m.-noon
Lakewood Discovery Center, Lakewood Dr.
In conjunction with the GBBC, the Smoky Hills Audubon Society (SHAS) will host a FREE birdwatching session at the Lakewood Discovery Center and surrounding park. Novice participants and their families can ask questions and learn from experienced birders,try out binoculars & spotting scopes, and  record their sightings for the GBBC.
Contact: Jeffrey Kasoff, 785-420-0006; leave messages at info@smokyhillaudubon.com



February 14, 10:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m.
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, 12501 Harmony Landing Road
Hosted by the Louisville Audubon Society and Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve
Bird watching is easy and fun! This FREE event is for beginning to advanced bird watchers. The Louisville Audubon Society will help us identify and count birds along the scenic trails and open grasslands at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve. After a brief presentation in the Nature Center by youth birder, Caitlyn Roberts, we’ll take a walk with expert bird watcher, Barbara Woerner, who will help identify birds and count their numbers. Then we’ll report what we’ve seen by entering the list online at www.birdcount.org.
Contact: 502- 228-4362 or visit www.KYNaturePreserve.org


February 14, 7:30 a.m.-dusk
Count for the GBBC with one of two birding groups covering Daviess County: East County and West County.Birders can join a team for any or all of the day.The East County meeting place will be in the parking lot of the Consumers Mall behind the Dairy Queen on Hwy 2830(Old Hwy 60). Mike Brown and others will be there and lead groups carpool style to birding sites in eastern Daviess County. The West County meeting place will be at the Joe Ford Nature Center just off Hwy 60 west of Owensboro.There will be Audubon members there also to lead groups.

February 14, 9:00 a.m.
Sorgho Elementary School, 5390 Kentucky 56
Girl Scout Troops 206 and 926 will be bird watching for the GBBC.

February 16, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Virginia Miles Nature Center, behind Owensboro Community & Technical College
The Daviess County Audubon Society Board will count birds for the GBBC and other birders are welcome to join them.

February 16, 2:00 p.m.
Joe Ford Nature Center, Cr-1367
Girls Inc. will participate in the GBBC.
Contact: Daviess County Audubon Society, dcas@daviessaudubon.net




February 10, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road
Fields Pond is located seven miles southeast of Bangor. Join Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Staff Naturalist, for an evening of bird identification and best practices for feeding birds. He will describe the Great Backyard Bird Count and let you know how you can participate in this annual citizen-science project. Cost is $5 for members and $6 for non-members. Registration required.
Contact: Holly Twining, 207-989-2591 or http://maineaudubon.org/events/birds-in-winter-get-ready-for-the-great-backyard-bird-count/




February 14 & 15, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Drive
Join us for fun birding activities and help us search for birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count! During the event, you can meet live birds, join birding hikes, create bird-themed crafts, play fun games, help us build a giant bird’s nest, and enjoy hot drinks around the campfire.Free! For people of all ages. No registration required.
Contact: 410-887-4156, or email releepark-rp@baltimorecountymd.gov


February 13, 3:00 p.m.
Howard County Central Library
Presentation–Winter Science: Birds in Your Backyard. Suitable for families. Become a citizen scientist! Learn about winter birds and how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Make your own bird feeder.Register one week in advance.
Contact: 410-313-7800, tamarah.nuttle@hclibrary.org


February 7, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Deale Community Library, 5940 Deale-Churchton Road
Event is for children. Come and learn about birds common to our area and count for the 18th annual GBBC. We will also be making a craft just for the birds.
Contact: 410-222-1925


February 13-16
Pickering Creek Audubon Center, 11450 Audubon Lane
Join our GBBC Challenge: getting 100 people to participate and collectively observe 100 species of birds during the four days of the count. You can participate in the challenge two ways: by joining an organized bird walk or signing up for Great Backyard Bird Count on your own. People who share their submission at birdcount.org with Pickering Creek Audubon Center by sending their checklist to the username PCAC-talbot will be included in the 100 Birder, 100 Birds Challenge. Nearly 200 species of birds have been recorded during year-round volunteer monitoring at Pickering Creek.
Contact: Samantha Pitts, Pickering Creek Audubon Center, spitts@audubon.org


February 7, 11:00 a.m.
North Carroll Branch Public Library
In preparation for the GBBC, bird lovers of all ages are invited to learn the whys and hows of the bird count. Learn the reasons for the Great Backyard Bird Count, how to participate, and how to enter your count into an international database. For ages six to adult
Contact: lindar@carr.org


February 13, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Flag Ponds Nature Park, 1525 Flag Pond Parkway (Calvert Nature Parks)
Whether you are a novice or an expert birder, volunteers of all ages are welcome to help identify and count birds for the GBBC. Free to participate but reservations are required by Wednesday, Feb. 11.
: 410-535-5327 or cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us


February 15, 7:00 a.m.
Talbot County Bird Club will be holding their Sunday morning bird walk in Oxford and surrounding areas. The group will meet at Easton Acme parking lot. The banks along the waterfront allow for potentially fine views of ducks and other waterfowl when the winds are calm. Land birding, especially fields outside of town, sometimes yields winter birds such as Horned Lark and Pipits. count them for the GBBC!



Grand Blanc

February 7, 11:00 a.m.
J.J. Cardinal’s Wild Bird & Nature Store, 12830 S. Saginaw
We are having a free seminar at our nature shop on during which we will discuss how to participate in the GBBC. We will have handouts for those who do not have access to a computer and assist you with entering checklists online. During the seminar we will present information about common backyard birds and birding in general. Reservations are required.
Contact: 810-695-8733


February 14, 10:00 a.m.
Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery, 34270 County Road 652
The hatchery is a great spot for a GBBC count. 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 wear waterproof, windproof clothing in layers for a more enjoyable event. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. Spotting scopes will be shared. Co-Leaders: Becky Csia and Jan Shillito. Directions: Take M-43 west from US-131. About one mile west of the Van Buren/Kalamazoo County line or VanKal Road, turn south onto Fish Hatchery Road. Turn into the second drive to the right and park in the lot. Meet inside the Interpretive Center.
Contact: 720-8063


February 14; 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Fernwood Nature Center, Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road
Stop by for a GBBC feeder count and birding information session, free with admission.
Contact: Wendy Jones,  269-695-6491 ext. 220 or wjones@fernwoodbotanical.org

Rochester Hills

February 15, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and 1:00 – 3:00 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 18th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). This program will introduce guests to the GBBC and how to participate in this fun and scientific project. The 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. program is for adults and the 1:00- 3:00 p.m. program is for families. 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 free for members of the Rochester Hills Museum. For non-members the price is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and $3 for seniors (60+).
Contact: Patrick Endres, 248- 841-2672 or by e-mail at endresp@rochesterhills.org

Spring Lake

February 12, 7:00 p.m.
Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange Street
Join us for a free program for the community entitled Winter Birding Hot Spots and get ready for the GBBC! The speaker will be Ottawa County Parks Naturalist Curtis Dykstra.
Contact: Lisa Donner, 616-846-5770, ext. 107 or splld@llcoop.org


February 16, 2:00- 4:00 p.m.
Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center, 6685 Coolidge Highway
Event for children. Help the SNC count birds for the GBBC and learn how you can do the same in your own backyard. The fee for members is $3; non-member fee is $4 for registrations prior to Feb 15; at the door registration is $5 but call that day for availability. There is no charge for the child’s adult partner.
Contact: 248-688-9703




February 14, 10:00 a.m.–noon
Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center, 201 Riviera Drive
We’ll begin indoors learning basic bird identification techniques and a few of the more common birds in our area. Well also learn about critical issues affecting birds, and what we can do it 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. Pittsburg State University Nature Reach will be here with live raptors from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Free admission. RSVP website below.
Contact: http://wildcatglades.audubon.org/upcomingevents.html


February 15, 9:00 a.m.
Powell Gardens, 1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50
Join Alan Branhagen, Director of Horticulture, as we participate in the annual GBBC. After brief instruction, you will be part of a team that identifies and counts the wealth of birds that visit the Gardens. Begin indoors and count the birds that frequent our feeders around the Visitor Center. In the afternoon, join us on a hike of the Byron Shutz Nature Trial for a glimpse of our more reclusive feathered friends. Please help us plan ahead with an RSVPNon-member fees are $8/adult and $3/child ages 5-12.
Contact: 816-697-2600 or http://www.powellgardens.org/page.aspx?pid=381&cgid=3&ceid=801&cerid=0&cdt=2%2f15%2f2015 Members may RSVP directly to Linda Burton at lburton@powellgardens.org.

 St. Charles

February 14, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Busch Memorial Conservation Area, 2360 Highway D
Join us for fun, free, and family- friendly walks to see St. Louis area birds of winter. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Bring binoculars if you have them. If not, we will have some binoculars available. No Fees or registration.
Contact: 314-599-7390 or mitch@stlouisaudubon.org

St. Louis

February 14, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Carondelet Park, 3900 Holly Hills Dr.
Join us for fun, free, and family- friendly walks to see St. Louis area birds of winter. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Bring binoculars if you have them. If not, we will have some binoculars available. No Fees or registration.
Contact: 314-599-7390 or mitch@stlouisaudubon.org

February 14, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Queeny Park, 1675 S Mason Rd.
Join us for fun, free, and family- friendly walks to see St. Louis area birds of winter. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Bring binoculars if you have them. If not, we will have some binoculars available. No Fees or registration.
Contact: 314-599-7390 or mitch@stlouisaudubon.org

West Alton

February 14, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Audubon Center at Riverlands, 301 Riverlands Way
Come join us at the Center to participate in the GBBC! This program will start with an introduction to bird identification and bird counting. Then we’ll head to our windows and outside (weather permitting) to count some birds. Families and beginners are encouraged.




February 7, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Montana Audubon Center, 7026 South Billings Blvd
Join Wild Birds Unlimited at the Montana Audubon Center as we learn about bird feeders, bird food, and how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count.Free. Please RSVP.
Contact: education@mtaudubon.org or 406-294-5099. More information at www.mtacec.org under Special Events




February 14, 10:00 a.m.-noon
Elkhorn Valley Museum and Lueshen Bird Library, 515 Queen City Blvd.
Come join us in the Lueshen Bird Library at the museum and join experienced birders as we watch birds in our museum backyard.  Bring your binoculars and help us count birds for the GBBC.  Activities for younger folks will also be available.  Admission fee to the museum will be charged.
Contact:  402-371-3886.

February 15, 1:30 p.m.
Elkhorn Valley Museum and Lueshen Bird Library, 515 Queen City Blvd.
Museum Sunday Lecture Series will be presented by the Lueshen Bird Club and will be about the Great Backyard Bird Count, local birds seen in our area, and tips on identifying birds in your backyard.  Tips to identification of “tricky” birds will be highlighted.  The talk will be followed by watching birds in the museum backyard for entering data into the GBBC.  Admission for this event is free.
Contact:  402-371-3886


New Jersey

Basking Ridge

February 13, 12:00- 4:00 p.m.
February 14 and 15, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, 241 Pleasant Plains Road
Join us at the Visitor Center for a census of winter birds at our feeders for the GBBC. Make a suet feeder. Continue the count on a guided walk outdoors. Learn the names of common feeder birds with our Bird Bingo! Bird watchers of all ages and skills are welcome.
Contact: Friends of Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, 973-425-9510


February 13-16, 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, 331 Georgia Tavern Road
Monmouth County Audubon Society will have volunteers available at the Center during the GBBC to help visitors tally birds and with ID questions.
Contact: info@monmouthaudubon.org


February 14, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Hawk Rise Sanctuary, Range Road
Learn how to identify common birds and then take a hike to see what winter birds are  at Hawk Rise. 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. Please register for all programs at Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary.
Contact: 908-766-5787


February 15, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Poricy Park, 345 Oak Hill Road
Participants will tally birds and may also send in photos for fun or as part of the GBBC Photo Contest. Free; children must be accompanied & supervised by an adult. Binoculars and field guides available for rental at the Nature Center.
Contact: 732-842-5996


February 14, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Mars Court and Boonton Avenue
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by taking part in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Walk with a naturalist to a good vantage point and learn about the local bird population, then report your bird count data. Bring binoculars or use ours. This is an easy hike, appropriate for ages 5 and up. Cost: $1 per person. Preregistration is required.
Contact: 973-334-3130

North Brunswick

February 14, Noon-2:30 p.m.
Davidson Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue
This will be our 8th GBBC at the Earth Center HQ for Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County. To date we have identified 100 different species of birds at our 400-acre park. Tour guide provided or strike off on your own. Bird checklist and hot coffee/hot chocolate also provided. Beginners or experienced birders welcome. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. Free
Contact: Pat Evans, evans@aesop.rutgers.edu


February 15, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, 1547 County Road 565
Join us at refuge headquarters to help with the Great Backyard Bird Count. As part of our Beginning Birder program, a walk to search for birds in the area will be guided at noon. No experience required and new birders are encouraged.  You can borrow the refuge binoculars or bring your.  Pointers will be given on using binoculars, identifying birds, and where to look for them. Children can sign up to make a treat for the birds to take with them.  The bird feeder workshop will be held at 1:00 p.m.  There is a suggested donation of $2 per child for the workshop.  In case of bad weather the count will be postponed to Monday, February 16, and a notice will be posted on the Friends of Wallkill River Facebook page. For more information and to register a child for the bird feeder workshop, call or email.
Contact: 973-702-7266 ext. 10 or avianwildlife@embarqmail.com

Toms River

February 14, 9:00–12:00 p.m.
Brown’s Woods Preserve, 117 Haines Road
The Barnegat Bay Partnership is hosting “We Love Birds!” This is a free family-friendly event with Valentine’s Day-themed nature crafts for the kids. Expert naturalists will lead bird walks from 9:00-10:00 a.m. and from 11:00 a.m.-Noon to identify and count the birds on the preserve.  Learn how to spot and identify the birds that spend the winter here and learn more about their lives in the colder months of the year.  Everyone is welcome, from beginning birders to experts.
Contact:  732-914-8110 or kwalzer@ocean.edu


New Mexico


February 16, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Botanic Garden-ABQ BioPark, 2601 Central Ave. N.W
Grab your binoculars and head to the Botanic Garden for the GBBC. This event fills up each year, so reserve your spot early!  Free, but pre-registration required.
: BioPark Education, 505-848-7180

La Cienega

February 15, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, 27283 I-25 West Frontage Road
Join Rocky Tucker and Dana Vacker-Strang, experienced birders with the Audubon Society, for a morning of birding at the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve. This natural wetland is a haven for birds year round, but the winter is a particularly beautiful time to visit.  Wear warm clothes, hiking boots, and bring binoculars if you have them.  We will be entering the data we collect into the Great Backyard Bird Count database. Free; no registration required; gates will be locked at 8:45 a.m. so arrive promptly.
Contact: Mollie Parsons, 505-471-9103

Santa Fe

February 7, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
REI Community Room, 500 Market Street #100
Intro to Birding and the GBBC (in collaboration with Wild Birds Unlimited)
Contact: Samantha Danehy, sdanehy@audubon.org


New York

Bay Shore

February 15, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Fire Island Lighthouse, 1 Burma Road (Fire Island National Seashore)
Join us for a science stroll and help identify and count birds for the GBBC in the varied habitats of Fire Island National Seashore. Dress for weather and bring binoculars if you have them.
Contact: 631-687-4780


February 1, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Audubon Center at the Boathouse, Prospect Park, Near the Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance (NYC Parks)
Join the Prospect Park Alliance for a morning bird walk hosted by the Brooklyn Bird Club. Learn about the Great Backyard Bird Count, and search for your favorite “backyard birds” such as woodpeckers, chickadees, and nuthatches. Free and open to the public.


February 15, 9:00 a.m.
Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond, Main Parking Area, 480 Rock City Rd.
Join fellow birders, CLC staff, and our guest expert Larry Federman of Audubon NY as we all become citizen scientists for the morning. We will identify and count birds at feeders, and collect data for the GBBC. We’ll have binoculars and bird field guides, but bring your own if you have them. Please make sure you wear plenty of warm layers, preferably not cotton or jeans, as we will spend considerable time standing in one place counting the birds. We’ll have hot tea and cocoa for you!
Contact: 518.392.5252 ext 207, www.clctrust.org/events


February 14, 10:30 a.m.
Brookwood Point, 6000 State Route 80
Local birding expert, Becky Gretton, will lead us around Brookwood Point learning about bird habitats and behavior.  We will be looking and listening for as many species as we can correctly identify and then submit our findings to the GBBC. Following the bird count, at 11:30am, anyone interested may meet Otsego Land Trust staff and hobby ornithologist, Lydia Scheeren at the Cooperstown Art Association classroom space (22 Main St. Cooperstown) to build buebird and Wood Duck nesting boxes!  The first box built by each participant will be posted at one of OLT’s Blueway public access sites to promote healthy aviary habitats.  The second box built by each participant may be taken home with them for their own yard. Hot cider and donuts will be served at the classroom. Children welcome when accompanied by an adult. No dogs please. This event is FREE. No attendance limit for the bird count, however space in the bird box workshop is limited to 15. To register for the workshop please call or email the contact below.
Contact: Sara at 607-547-2366 or sara@otsegolandtrust.org


February 14, 9:00 a.m.
Elmira Riverfront Park, East Water St.
Join us for a fun, free, and family- friendly walk in Elmira Riverfront Park. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Participation limited to 50 people. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Registration by February 10.
Contact: 607-732-3370

February 14 9:00 a.m.
Sperr Memorial Park, Kahler Road South
Join us for a fun, free, family- friendly walk in Sperr Memorial Park. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Participation limited to 50 people. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Registration by February 10.
Contact: 607-873-7392

February 14, 9:00 a.m.
Tanglewood Nature Center, 433 Coleman Ave.
Join us for a fun, free, and family- friendly walk in Tanglewood Nature Center. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Participation limited to 50 people. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Registration by February 10.
Contact: 607-732-6060


February 14, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street
Meet at the Visitor & Administration Building lobby to do a GBBC count.
Contact: 718-886-3800 or sromar@queensbotanical.org to register.


February 14, 11:00 a.m.
Community Wesleyan Church, 2095 Grand Central Ave.
Join us for a fun, free, and family- friendly walk in bird “countdown,” games and pizza at the Community Wesleyan Church. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


February 13-16
Kimlin Cider Mill, 140 Cedar Avenue
This will be our third year participating in the GBBC at the Mill.  We will spend about an hour in the morning at the Mill, counting the birds that we see.  If you want to participate, contact us!
Contact: 845-462-2516 or cidermillfriends@gmail.com

Mastic Beach

February 14, 9:00-11:30 a.m. (Snow/rain date: Feb. 15)
William Floyd Estate
Join us for a Great Backyard Bird Count Walk! We’ll count birds during a three-mile walk through a variety of habitats on the property of the historic old William Floyd Estate. Come along for some great sightings, citizen-science data recording, get great exercise, and find good camaraderie on a winter’s day!
Contact: 631-399-2030

Oyster Bay

February 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, 20 Sagamore Hill Road
We’ll begin the program indoors with basic bird identification techniques, using binoculars and field guides, and learn a few common birds in our area. We’ll then head to the nature trail (weather permitting) for a chance to see and hear birds in their natural habitats, so please dress to be outdoors. Our data will be entered into the GBBC website, and you’ll learn how you can submit your own bird observations at home. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them.
Contact: 516-922-4788


February 16, Various times
Beechwood State Park, Lower Parking Lot, Lake Road
Join us for our Winter Woodland Walk to enjoy a variety of activities including participation in the GBBC. Have appropriate clothes and footwear for weather conditions; remember your camera and binoculars; bring a sled to pull younger children on the walk. Please bring your own snowshoes if you have them, limited supply of snowshoes are available and only provided to those who preregister. If you register for cross country skiing, you must provide your own skis. Please plan to arrive at the time you register for! Last day to Register is February 12.
Contact: Call 315-331-8415 or register online at https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/WinterWoodlandWalk_254


North Carolina


February 15, 9:00 a.m.
American Tobacco Trail, White Oak Parking Area, 1305 White Oak Church Road
Join us for a walk along the trail from White Oak towards Wimberly as we identify and count birds for the GBBC. Free of charge and open to all ages.
Contact: 919-387-4342

February 16, 3:00 p.m.
American Tobacco Trail, New Hill Parking Area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road
We will walk towards the Beaver Creek Bridge to observe and count the variety of birds that live in this area for the GBBC. Free of charge and open to all ages.
Contact: 919-387-4342


February 14, 8:00 a.m.-noon
Horton Grove Nature Preserve, 5000 Jock Road
Triangle Land Conservancy invites you to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count with a guided hike at Horton Grove Nature Preserve in Durham County. The hike will be led by Tom Driscoll, President of the New Hope Audubon Society. Admission is free, but registration is required and limited. Register online at http://www.triangleland.org/news-and-events/event/great-backyard-bird-count-2015-horton-grove

Cabarrus County

February 14, 9:00 a.m.
Frank Liske Park, 4001 Stough Road; Camp TN Spencer Park, 3155 Foxford Drive; Vietnam Veterans Park, 760 Orphanage Road
Join Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks at Frank Liske Park, Camp TN Spencer Park and Vietnam Veterans Park as we count birds in our parks for the GBBC. A park ranger will be waiting at the office to give you binoculars(must be returned), field guides, bird watching location maps, and data sheets to be filled out. No experience needed. Program starts at the main office with the park ranger, however if you miss him you may contact him at 704-791-7824 to participate. Free.
Contact: Alex Beck at 704-920-2703 or awbeck@cabarruscounty.us


February 14, 10:00 a.m.-noon
Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road
Join us at the Nature Center as we count birds in our gardens for the GBBC. A naturalist will be set up in the Exhibit Hall to answer questions and help you to learn the tools needed to count in your own backyard. No experience needed. This is an ongoing program so stop by anytime between 10:00 a.m. and noon. Free but registration is required.
Contact: 704-432-6460


February 14, 9:00 a.m.
Northeast District Park, Big Woods Road
Join us for the Great Backyard Bird Count and bird walk with popular guide Andy Upshaw. Free and open to the general public. No registration necessary.  Dress warmly for being outside. Bring your own binoculars and bird identification book if you have them. Meet in the parking lot near the trailhead sign.
Contact: Gretchen Smith at gretchen_smith@bellsouth.net


February 7, 1:00 p.m.
Raven Rock State Park, 3009 Raven Rock Road (meet at the Visitor Center)
Come to Raven Rock State Park’s Visitor Center to find out how to participate in this fun event and learn to identify by sight and sound the birds you can count in your own backyard.  Bring your binoculars if you have htem though we have some available to borrow. There will be a short hike to locate and listen for birds so dress according to weather conditions.  All ages welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Contact: 910-893-4888, jessie.summers@ncparks.gov

New Hill

GBBC Programs at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive. All programs are free of charge and open to all ages.

February 13, 8:30 a.m. Guided Bird Walk along the shores and into the woods
February 13, 3:30 p.m. Introduction to Bird watching and GBBC with hike
February 14, 8:30 a.m. Guided Bird Walk along the shores and into the woods
February 14, 1 p.m. Birdapalooza: 3 hours of fun, educational and interactive bird-themed crafts, games and activities
February 14, 6 p.m. Owl Prowl: Guided hike in search of these nocturnal birds of prey
February 15, 11 a.m. Guided Bird Walk along the shores and into the woods
February 16, 9 a.m. Guided Bird Walk along the shores and into the woods
February 16, 2 p.m. Guided Shoreline Bird Walk
Contact: 919-387-4342


February 16, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Enjoy doughnuts with a cup of shade-grown, bird-friendly coffee or hot chocolate for the kids, before leisurely walking the trails with a park naturalist to identify and count the birds. Please bring a reusable mug for each member of your family. We are also offering some family-friendly programs for all ages in conjunction with the Great Backyard Bird Count. For all ages. Free but pre-registration is required.
Contact: 919-856-6675 or http://www.wakegov.com/parks/events/Pages/GBBC.aspx

Harris Lake County Park and the American Tobacco Trail in Wake County, North Carolina. Below is a list of our GBBC weekend events for your website. The contact number for all of these events is 919-387-4342 (the Harris Lake County Park office) and all programs are free of charge and open to all ages. Please let us know if you need any further information. Thanks so much!


February 14, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Hammocks Beach State Park, 1572 Hammocks Beach Rd.
Join a ranger to count the birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count. This is your chance to be a citizen scientist for the day! Hammocks Beach is a great location to see birds, from the ones that hide in the woods to those that swim in our waters. This is an open program so you can participate anytime from 9:00 -10:30 a.m. and it is free to attend.  Different groups will set out and count the various birds in the woods, along the shore, as well as the ones at our bird feeders. We have binoculars and field guides to use however bring your own if you have them!
Contact: 910-326-4881




February 14, 1:00 p.m.
Scioto Audubon Metro Park
Meet at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, 505 W. Whittier St.
Help count birds for the GBBC as part of the “Audubon Afternoons.” Free and open to all ages. Registration not required.
Contact: 614-508-8111

Cuyahoga Heights

February 13, 15, and 16, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
February 14, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CanalWay Center, 4524 East 49th Street (Cleveland Metroparks)
Stop by the center anytime to help count our backyard birds. We will have a list of the birds you might see, field guides, and binoculars to use. Free
Contact: Jill Hauger, 216-206-1000 or canalway@clevelandmetroparks.com


February 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
February 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Aullwood Audubon Center, 1000 Aullwood Road
Participants are invited to come to Aullwood to count the birds that visit our feeders. On Saturday at 2:30 p.m., Tom Hissong will offer a hands-on workshop for all ages on how to identify common winter birds in our area and how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count at your home. After an indoor session, we will venture outdoors to count birds in our sanctuary. Registration is not necessary, just dress warmly and help count the birds.
Contact: 937-890-7360

Mt. Gilead

February 7, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Headwaters Outdoor Ed. Center, 151 Home Rd. (near the Sheriff’s Office)
Join us for our Winter Bird Festival to get warmed up for the GBBC. We’ll teach you how to participate in the count, and why it’s important.This program is free and open to all ages, no registration necessary. Please dress for the weather and we hope to see you out there!
Contact: morrowsw@redbird.net or 419-946-7923

February 13, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
February 14, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
February 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Mount Gilead State Park, Raymond “Red” Riel Bird Observatory, 4119 State Route 95
Help count the birds in “our” backyard. A naturalist will be on hand at the times specified above to assist you with identification and reporting questions but you can come here to count birds anytime. The Bird Observatory will be open from dawn to dusk, a sign-in form will be provided to record the birds you see. (Resources will also be on hand to help identify birds.) This event is free. No registration is required. Please dress for the weather. Meet in the parking lot near the store/office.
Contact: terri.mcfarland@dnr.state.oh.us, 419-946-1961


January 31, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Brukner Nature Center, 5995 Horseshoe Bend Rd.
GBBC Informational Presentation
Contact: Molly Simonis, molly.simonis@gmail.com


February 14
Cedar Bog Nature Preserve
Adult guided hike: 8:30 a.m.
Activities for children: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Cookies and cocoa available!
Contact: Jean Gayley, jeangayley@ctcn.net


Feburary 14, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
February 15, 4:00-7:00p.m. (Owl Hike) Hisey Park, 5443 Middletown Road
Friends of the Warren County Park District and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists will again host their annual Great Backyard Bird Count event within the cozy confines of Hisey Park’s historic farmhouse. Weather permitting, groups will venture out into the many habitats of Hisey Park to spot birds and other wildlife. If you prefer, you may stay in the farmhouse, snuggle up to a window, sip coffee, tea, hot chocolate or cider, munch on snacks and count birds at several bird feeders around the house. This event is a popular citizen science project and is open to the public. No registration required.


February 14, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
The Wilderness Center, 9877 Alabama Ave. SW
Come to the Wildlife Observation Room for as long or as short a time as you like, identify and count birds for the GBBC, and enjoy a snack. Free, donation requested for snacks.
Contact:  330-359-5235 or 877-359-5235


February 14, 9:30-10:15 a.m. and 10:15-11:00 a.m.
Ford Nature Center, 840 Old Furnace Road (Mill Creek MetroParks)
Join Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Brundage to watch birds for the GBBC while sipping coffee (or tea). Please bring your favorite mug. Limited space; please call to register. Choose one session: 9:30 – 10:15 am or 10:15 – 11 am.
Contact: Register online at http://www.millcreekmetroparks.org/event/coffee-birds-5/2015-01-31/ or call 330-740-7107




February 15, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Rogers State University Conservation Reserve
Come birding with us for the GBBC! I’m a homeschooling mom that loves birds and I want my child to love birds and nature too. Meet at the amphitheater for an introduction and checklist (walk through the West gate about 300 feet and turn left). You may want to bring binoculars and wear comfortable shoes. We’ll walk, rest, walk, rest, walk, etc. for about an hour. Email me and let me know how many in your party will be attending so I know how many checklists to print.
Contact: renee.morse-heenan@gmx.com




February 13-16, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop
Learn how to participate in the GBBC and record bird numbers in the park, Binoculars will be available for loan. We have many activities including a “pink heron scavenger hunt” and a “Birds of Fort Clatsop” display. Timed events include:
February 14, 9:00 a.m.–bird walks starting in the Visitor Center lobby. No dogs please. Ddress for the weather.The walk is wheelchair accessible although non-motorized users might need assistance for about 200 yards.
February 14, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.–bird-themed children’s crafts, face-painting, and an education corner in the visitor center.
February 15, 1:00 p.m.–learn about the Wildlife Center of the North Coast in the Netul River Room of the  Visitor Center.  This program will feature some live birds from the center.
February 15, 2:00-4:00 p.m.–bird-themed children’s crafts, face-painting, and an education corner
Regular admission on Friday of $3 per adult and free for youth under 15. In honor of Presidents Day, admission is free Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, February 14-16.
Contact: 503-861-2471, www.nps.gov/lewi


February 14, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sunriver Nature Center (Sunriver) & Wild Birds Unlimited (Bend)
Coloring contest, bird walks for kids & adults, make your own bird feeder, observation stations atboth locations, home bird count contests (enter information onto the SNCO Facebook page; winner gets a prize for most birds seen and most number of species seen).
Contact: Jennifer Curtis, jennifer@sunrivernaturecenter.org




February 13-16, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
John J. Wilaman Education Center at Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road
Join us to learn more about backyard birds and participate in the GBBC. Come for one day or every day of the count. Please bring binoculars if you have them. This event is sponsored by Tredyffrin Bird Town and Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens.
Contact: 610-647-8870


February 7, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, 1537 Mount Hope RoadGBBC.
Learn how to identify the “Winter Birds” at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve and join the fun of the Great Backyard Bird Count. This introduction to the event will help you submit your bird observations. Dress appropriately for a bird hike hike through the woods after the presentation. Hot chocolate will be provided. Children and adults may take home take home a simple milk carton feeder to assemble. Registration required.
Contact: 717-642-5840


February 11, 6:00 p.m.
Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue
Join Amy Weidensaul with Audubon Pennsylvania to learn how to participate in the GBBC by counting birds in your backyards and neighborhoods. The purpose is to learn more about birds and how to protect them and the environment we share. Please register ahead of time.
Contact: 535-6555


February 14, 10:00 a.m.-noon
Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road
Learn how to identify birds that live here by participating in this very important citizen science program. Families will help Tyler collect and contribute bird sighting data for the GBBC. This program is suitable for ages 7 and up. Free for members; $12 for non-members. Registration required.
Contact: Joanne Landau, 610-566-9134, ext. 215 or jlandau@tylerarboretum.org


January 29, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Newton Township Administration Building, 100 Municipal Drive
Come to this overview class to learn how to register for the GBBC, how to participate, and how to ID some common backyard birds in our area. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to experts. Fee of $5.00; all proceeds benefit Newtown Bird Town. Must register online to attend class, register at Newtown Recreation GBBC: http://www.newtownfun.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29885#145369


February 16, 10:00 a.m.-Noon
Awbury Arboretum, One Awbury Road
Join us as we guide you on a bird-watching and craft adventure at Awbury Arboretum as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Participants will decorate their own small birdhouse, spot neighborhood birds, and take part in a discussion about our feathered friends. We’ll count and tally the birds we see for the GBBC. Should you be a bird enthusiast or first-time bird watcher, we welcome you for this event. Cost: $12/per person and includes the bird-watching talk/walk, morning warm cocoa, birdhouse for decorating, and birdseed during the session. Registration required.
Contact: registration@letsgooutdoors.net


February 14, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Emerald View Park, Mount Washington Pittsburgh PA 15211
Join us for a Winter Bird ID Walk with Venture Outdoors and count birds for the GBBC.Fees: $10 ($6 for members)
Register online: https://www.ventureoutdoors.org/activities-calendar/?wppb=program&month=2&calyear=2015&=&tmpl=register&id=481


February 15, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.; program at 1:00 p.m.
C. H. McConnell Hall, Nolde Forest EE Center, 2910 New Holland Rd
Great Backyard Bird Count & “Birdwatching Basics” program. Scouts, youth groups , homeschoolers, and nature fans of all ages can  be citizen scientists 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 also provides 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 at 1:00 p.m. introduces participants to binocular use and choices, bird identification, and the fun of watching birds! Free program, no registration.
Contact: 610-796-3699, noldforestprogramstaff@pa.gov

Slippery Rock

February 14, 9:00 a.m.–noon
Jennings Environmental Education Center, 2951 Prospect Road
Show your love for birds by contributing to research about their populations. Join Jennings and the Bartramian Audubon Society for an informative birding session that will help hone your identification skills and offer tips about bird feeding. Observe and count birds at the feeders and find out how to contribute data to the GBBC. Then 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.  Register by February 11.
Contact: 724-794-6011 or jenningssp@pa.gov


February 14, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow, 2877 Creamery Road
Join Bucks County Audubon Society for a brief presentation about the GBBC at the Visitor Center followed by a count hike.  We’ll return to the Center to enter our data.  Bring binoculars or borrow a pair of ours.   Open to all regardless of age/skill level.  Children under 12 must accompanied by an adult.  Dress for the weather and trail conditions!  Free.
Contact: Diane L. Smit, 215-297-5880, dianesmith@bcas.org


January 31, 10:00 a.m. (Snow Date is February 7)
Radnor Memorial Library, 114 West Wayne Ave.
Information will be presented about the GBBC. Co-sponsored by Radnor Conservancy, Radnor Bird Town, and Radnor Township’s EAC. Raffle for attendees generously donated by Do-It-Best Hardware.
Contact: Pam Sedor,  610-687-1124 x62 or psedor@radnorlibrary.org


South Carolina

Mt. Pleasant

February 7, 10:30 a.m.
Wild Birds Unlimited, 624 Coleman Ave
Join us at this free event! You’ll receive a local count checklist, coffee, doughnuts, and a free bag of bird seed. Children are also welcome and will get a free coloring and activity book. Reservations are requested but not required.
Contact: 843-216-8800, wbumtpleasant@yahoo.com


February 14, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Table Rock State Park, 158 E. Ellison Ln
GBBC Participants will meet at the Visitor Center and enjoy a morning of birdwatching as we seek out a variety of species in wooded, weedy, and wetland habitats. Bring your own binoculars. Free but registration is required by February 11.
: 864-878-9813


February 14, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center, 5200 Savannah Highway
The GBBC engages bird watchers of all ages! Sharpen your ID skills and learn how to use the online checklist program eBird, which has revolutionized the way the birding community reports and accesses information. Suitable for children ages 9 and up, but a registered and paid chaperone is required for all participants ages 15 and under. Fee: $9/person. Please confirm event schedule before visiting.
Contact: 843-889-8898 or http://www.ccprc.com/1222/Birding


February 14, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Azalea Park
Join us for a free, guided bird walk to count for the GBBC. Meet in the parking lot on the corner of Hwy 17-A and West 5th South Street. All ages and experience levels are invited. There will be extra binoculars to share.
Contact: mgjohnson@audubon.org or 843-462-2150





February 13, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
February 14, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson Street
We’ll bird watch for the GBBC around the nature center at the last feeding of the day before the birds head to roost. We’ll then do another count first thing in the morning. Join for one or both! No registration required. Leader is Denise Weyer.
Contact: 615-862-8539




February 14, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd.
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. Please visit www.riverlegacy.org for more information.
Contact: Tiffany Gorrell, 817-860-6752 x106, tiffany@riverlegacy.org

February 14, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Southwest Nature Preserve, 5201 Bowman Springs Road
Participate in the GBBC at the Southwest Nature Preserve in Arlington. We’re putting our own birders’ spin on the event, calling it “The Big Sit.” We will fan out in small teams at 7:30 a.m. to a half dozen different habitats within the preserve. Rather than roam, each team will be immobile, blending into the landscape while waiting for the birds to show. Bring a chair and binoculars. We’ll finish collecting species and counts by 9:30 a.m. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the preserve parking lot. Sponsored by Friends of the Southwest Nature Preserve. Free.
Contact: Jim Frisinger at jimfrisinger@yahoo.com


February 14, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Hana and Arthur Ginzbarg Nature Discovery Center/Russ Pitman Park, 7112 Newcastle
We will meet at the front porch of the Nature Discovery Center. If you are a little late, just find us in the park. It would be good to bring a pair of binoculars, but we may have a couple of extra pair. Please call or email Mary Ann in advance if you need binoculars. Families are welcome; no registration required. Free
Contact: Mary Ann Beauch, 713-667-6550 or mbeauch@naturediscoverycenter.org

Cedar Hill

February 14, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill, 1206 West FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Join thousands of people across the nation in this great tradition of citizen science! Join us for a family-friendly event that includes practicing identifying birds, counting birds, children’s crafts, picnic area and hiking trails.  Free admission; donations appreciated.  Website: http://dogwoodcanyon.audubon.org/
Contact: 469-526-1980; dcac@audubon.org


February 14, 10:00-noon
Quinta Mazatlan, 600 Sunset Drive
Spend your morning learning about birds and then enter your observations into a database for the GBBC. Fee: $3/person.
Contact: 956-681-3370 or http://www.theworldbirdingcenter.com/Quinta.html


February 14, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Road
Come with us on a bird walk to survey birds for the GBBC. Guided bird walk led at Refuge  by Dr. Wayne Meyer, Austin College. This free event is sponsored by Friends of Hagerman NWR.
Contact: friendsofhagerman@gmail.com, 903-786-2826


February 13, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Bob Jones Nature Center, 355 E. Bob Jones Road
Join Bob Jones Nature Center as we kick off our community’s Great Backyard Bird Count with an information session led by Master Naturalists, followed by a guided bird walk on the Blue Bird Trail. The event is free bit donations are accepted. Registration required.
Contact: admin@bjnc.org or 817-491-6333

Wichita Falls

February 14, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Lake Arrowhead State Park, 229 Park Road 63
Join the Friends of the Lake Arrowhead State Park and Texas Master Naturalists (Rolling Plains Chapter) in counting birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Free
Contact: Joey Hendrix, 940-528-2211 or joey.hendrix@tpwd.texas.gov




February 14, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road
Drop by the Museum to find out more about the Great Backyard Bird Count! Learn how to participate int he count, get ID help, and have some fun.Admission: Free for members, $7 adults, discounts for kids, seniors
Contact: museum@birdsofvermont.org, 802-434-2167


February 15-16 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Vermont Institute of Natural Science, 6565 Woodstock Road
Enjoy watching birds at your feeders? Want to learn more about helping the birds in your community? Then put your bird-watching skills to work at VINS as we celebrate the Great Backyard Bird Count. Visit us on Sunday, February 15 and Monday, February 16, to enjoy activities for all ages and ways to improve your birding skills! Regular admissions fees apply.
Contact: 802-359-5000, Amy Janik ajanik@vinsweb.org or Annie Harmon aharmon@vinsweb.org




February 14, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Hungry Mother State Park Restaurant, 2854 Park Boulevard
There will be a GBBC presentation as well as a presentation on bird identification and tips. Following the presentations we’ll head out to various areas of the park and count birds.
Contact: Rachel Toward, 276-781-7415


February 7, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Frontier Culture Museum, 1290 Richmond Avenue
Want to learn the basics of bird identification and counting for the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count?  Join the Augusta Bird Club to observe birds at feeders and take a walk on museum grounds to identify birds.  Free.  No registration required.
Contact: 540-885-0015, schwalmie2@aol.com.

February 11, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Staunton Public Library, 1 Churchville Ave.
Join the Augusta Bird Club for a presentation on the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count taking place February 13-16.  This is for people with backyard bird feeders who want to learn how to collect data on backyard birds and submit a count online to a nationwide database.   This is a great activity for families, and no registration is required.
Contact: 540-885-0015, schwalmie2@aol.com.



Friday Harbor

January 31 and February 7, 11:00 a.m.-noon
San Juan Island Library, 1010 Guard Street
Join us to learn how to participate in the 2015 GBBC. New to birding? Not a problem! The second half of the workshop is for those who know little about birding, but who have always wanted to learn. Basics such as what to look for when identifying a bird, how to use a bird guide and binoculars, and other keys to help you to become a better birder will be discussed. Please call to register.
Tanja, 360-370-7655 

Spokane Valley

January 31, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
West Valley Outdoor Learning Center
Join us for the Super Bird Open House! Meet our live birds of prey, learn about the Great Backyard Bird Count and how to participate, make a bird feeder, and play bird-related games. Suggested donation $5 per person.
Contact: wvoutdoorlearningcenter@gmail.com or go to olc.wvsd.org


February 14, 10:00 a.m.
Helen Engle’s home in University Place
Rosanne Becker will lead a GBBC count at the home of Helen Engle beginning with an introduction to birding followed by bird watching in the garden and the wood, followed by lunch. Beginners are encouraged; all are welcome. Limit of 15 to participate.
Contact: Helen at hengle@iinet.com or 564-3112 for address by February 12

February 16, 9:00 a.m.
Richard Perkins home in central Tacoma
Please RSVP to watch birds for the GBBC at my home where I have seen dozens of species. I would like people to bring cameras.  Little need for binoculars because the birds are close. Limit of 6-8 people, and we will have coffee and pastries, along with birds!
Contact: Richard at 565-5532 for address by February 13



Baileys Harbor

February 9, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
The Ridges Sanctuary, 8270 Wisconsin 57
Informational session about the GBBC. Join us to brush up on some basics you’ll need to participate. We’ll cover everything from feeders to binoculars to identification to prepare for the GBBC. $10/adult members; $13/general public; $5/child. Registration required.
Contact: 920-839-2802

February 14, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
The Ridges Sanctuary, 8270 Wisconsin 57
Participating in the GBBC? Come join us for chili and snacks and share your experiences with the count thus far. We’ll share stories and tips for those participating. Free and open to the public.
Contact: 920-839-2802


February 7, 1:00 p.m.
Pringle Nature Center, 9800 County Highway M B
The weekend before the GBBC, come and make a feeder for your backyard to count the birds. We will also offer a short identification session, how to report data for the count, and some fun activities to learn about the birds. Supplies are limited. Pre-registration is required. Please bring your own hammer. Cost for General Public: $12/person, Friends $10/person.

Green Bay

February 13, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, 1660 East Shore Drive
The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary will host a free event to kick off the Great Backyard Bird Count. Experts will be available to explain the GBBC and demonstrate how to participate. Data sheets will be available for observations at the Wildlife Sanctuary’s bird feeders. Local Media has been invited to stop in and learn more about the GBBC.
Contact: 920-391-3675, mikere@greenbaywi.gov

La Farge

February 14, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Kickapoo Valley Reserve, S3661 State Highway 131
The Kickapoo Valley Reserve Bird Club welcomes kids and others interested in birds to join us at the Visitor Center to participate in the GBBC. From the comfort of the lobby, Club members will be present to assist with identification, using binoculars and spotting scopes while we keep a count of the birds at the feeder. Free; no registration required.
Contact: Ben Johnston, ben.johnston@wisconsin.gov


West Virginia


February 13-16
Pipestem Resort State Park, 3405 Pipestem Drive
We’ll have several activities that involve counting birds this weekend. Check our Daily Activities Web page for walks, hikes and birding fun this GBBC weekend.
Contact: 304-466-1800





February 13, 14, and 15, all day during regular hours
FortWhyte Alive, 1961 McCreary Road
Participate in the GBBC. Free with regular admission.
Contact: 204-989-8355