Pick-up information in the Guest 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.
The Great Backyard Bird Count Birding Symposium
Four Incredible Presentations by Local Birding Experts!
Saturday, February 17, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
First 30 people to register online will receive a complimentary gift!
Live birds, HOPE the life-sized whopping crane puppet, virtual Lewis Birding Trail tour, cutting edge conservation research and much more!
On Saturday, February 17, there will be a special, family friendly, Birding Symposium held in the Guest Center Carriage House featuring four workshops taught by local birding enthusiasts including Herb Lewis, creator of HBG’s Lewis Birding Trail. The theme this year is iconic BIG birds and will feature great horned owls, whopping cranes, kestrels and red tailed hawks!
9:30-10:30 am Amber Wilson-International Crane Foundation Intern will speak about the Whooping Crane, show the Traveling Crane Trunk and have a table set-up with ICF and WNWR information
Great Photo Opportunity With Special Guest, HOPE, the larger than life Whooping Crane puppet!
10:45-11:45 am Curt Cearly will speak about the Rise Raptor Project, he’ll bring his great horned owl or red tailed hawk, and he’ll have a table set-up with RISE Raptor Project support material.
12:30-1:00 pm Soozi Pline, HBG Director of Education, will give a brief overview on the GBBC and how to count birds for HBG (and at home too).
1:15-2:15 pm Herb Lewis will share his simple ideas and principles that have brought 80 bird species to his Huntsville backyard since 2004 and have helped guide the Garden towards a more bird friendly environment! The Garden is now an eBird Hotspot with over 100 species identified. Herb will also share personal photos of many birds enjoying their wildlife habitat and weather permitting will end this program with a walk along the Lewis Birding Trail!
Free for Garden Members; Garden Admission Required for Non-Members