Backyard Bird Count Events

The ANNUAL Great Backyard Bird Count!

A joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society

Bird watchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are each February. This is a very important community science project the Nature Center facilitates with the support of the community.

February 17th

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.

Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share.


Thank you to everyone who joined last year’s Great Backyard Bird Count which included a Guided Bird Count & Hike led by Dr. Ray Chancellor and Bluebird Workshop led by bluebird enthusiasts Jan LaPine and Mark Byrd.