Beaks & Barks
January 18 – February 29
Calling all dog lovers and bird-watchers: Beaks and Barks is back at the Garden! From mid-January to the end of February, dogs are welcome to visit the Garden every day. Enjoy a stroll along our dedicated pet-friendly paths or a game of fetch in the no-leash zone.
If you’re a birding enthusiast, this is an excellent time of year to grab your binoculars and head outdoors. The Garden is considered a birding hotspot by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society and its Lewis Birding Trail features a rich diversity of local and migrating birds.
The Great Backyard Bird Count
Each February, more than 160,000 people of all ages from around the world join the four-day count to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.
Here’s how you can participate:
1. Create a free GBBC account. If you already created an account for the GBBC in the past, or if you’re already registered with eBird or another Cornell Lab citizen-science project, you can use your existing user name and password.
2. Count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC. You can count for longer than that if you wish! Count birds in as many places (including the Huntsville Botanical Garden!) and on as many days as you like—one day, two days, or all four days. Submit a separate checklist for each new day, for each new location, or for the same location if you counted at a different time of day. Estimate the number of individuals of each species you saw during your count period.
3. Enter your results on the GBBC website by clicking the “Submit Observations” tab on the home page. You may also download the free eBird Mobile app to enter data on a mobile device. If you already participate in the eBird citizen-science project, please use eBird to submit your sightings during the GBBC. Your checklists will count toward the GBBC.
During the count, you can explore what others are seeing in your area or around the world. Share your bird photos by entering the photo contest, or enjoy images pouring in from across the globe. You can even add photos and sounds to your checklist. Read more.