Pick-up information in the Visitor’s Center, including a bird checklist, bird ID sheet and a Lewis Birding Trail Map to participate in the GBBC at HBG!
As a Certified Wildlife Habitat, and an eBird hot spot, Huntsville Botanical Garden will again participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)! The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s fun and easy—and it helps the bird population. Pick-up information in the Visitor’s Center, including a bird checklist, bird ID sheet and a Lewis Birding Trail Map to participate in the GBBC at HBG!
Winter days provide pleasant opportunities for viewing migrating birds in the Garden. Many bird species, some in large flocks of 30 to 200 birds, enter the Garden’s natural environment along the Lewis Birding Trail throughout the day. Species that have found refuge in the Garden for feeding and watering include Cedar Waxwings, American Robins, House Finches, European Starlings, Red-wing Blackbirds, American Goldfinches, Pine Siskins, Mourning Doves, and Common Grackles. Other avian visitors in smaller groups included Eastern Bluebirds, Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Dark-eyed Juncos, White-throated Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Carolina Chickadees, a Belted Kingfisher, and Ring-necked Ducks. The Garden provides a serene winter birding experience.