Dedicated in honor of long-time Garden volunteers Herb and Terry Lewis, the Lewis Birding Trail is devoted to the conservation, education, and enjoyment of birdlife. The trail winds through the Garden’s diverse ecosystem of meadows, upland and bottomland forest, wetland, and native wildflower and azalea gardens and highlights a large variety of local and migrating birds.
Did you know the Garden is listed as a birding hotspot by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society? Click here to discover other great places for birding nearby and around the world.
Join us for the Great Backyard Bird Count!
February 14-17, 2020
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.