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Great Backyard Bird Count
Friday February 12, 2016 - Monday February 15, 2016:
In the Garden

As a Certified Wildlife Habitat, and an eBird hot spot, the Garden will again participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), 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. Your participation will assist in making some determinations on bird populations traveling through the Garden and Madison County. 

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. Anyone, from anywhere on earth, can participate by visiting and reporting the kinds and numbers of birds they see during the annual four-day count. The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, with partner Bird Studies Canada, the four-day count typically receives sightings from tens of thousands of people reporting more than 600 bird species in the United States and Canada alone.

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. 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!

Door prize drawings held everyday for all participants returning bird checklists!  

No registration required.
Membership or Garden Admission

Download Lewis Birding Trail Map

Yellow-bellied sapsucker is a northern bird which migrates to our area in the winter.

Northern Mockingbird is abundant in the Garden all year.
Check out the Lewis Birding Trail page, which includes a listing of birds that have been sighted.