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Friday through Monday, February 17–20, 2017

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual, four-day event that encourages bird watchers of all ages and skill levels to count birds and report their results online to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The data collected gives useful information to scientists, which enables them to better evaluate fluctuations in bird populations. To learn more, visit gbbc.birdcount.org.

 
Wake County Parks staff encourages you to participate by joining us for our counts and by counting in your own backyard! Our parks are offering programs (listed below for each park) and events to encourage your involvement in GBBC!
 
Whether you're an avid birder or a beginner who wants to learn more about local birds, the GBBC is for you!
 
 
 
Great Backyard Bird Count Programs
Happening in our Wake County Parks:
 
Preregistration is required for all programs, unless otherwise noted.
 
 
 
To register online, visit each park's web page or visit our online registration website.
 

Blue Jay Point County Park

Family Wildlife Series: Counting is for the Birds
Monday, Feb. 20
Time: 10–11 a.m.
For all ages
Cost: FREE!
Join Blue Jay staff to hear a bird story (or two), try a fun bird activity (or three) and count how many different kinds of birds we can see from Blue Jay's front porch as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count on Monday morning. Older kids will hike 'further afield' to expand our bird count numbers while the peewees and their grown-ups make bird treats to take home. This family program for parents and children of all ages is FREE in honor of the Great Backyard Bird Count, but preregistration is required. 

Harris Lake County Park

Introduction to Bird Watching
Friday, Feb. 17
Time: 3:305:30 p.m.
For all ages
Cost: FREE!
Learn some tips and techniques to identify birds as we introduce you to the rewarding hobby of birdwatching through fun activities. Learn how to participate in the GBBC and hike along the shoreline to practice your new skills and help us count the birds. Registration is required!
 
Harris Lake Bird Walk 
Saturday, Feb. 18
Time: 10 a.m.Noon
For ages 4 & up
Cost: FREE!
Help park staff add to our Great Backyard Bird Count data as we walk along the trails and shore to identify our birds in the various habitats of the park. Meet at the restroom pavilion.
 
GBBC Evening Adventure
Sunday, Feb. 19
Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
For all ages
Cost: $1/Person
Owls are actively calling to claim their territory at this time of year. Other birds are settling down for the night. Walk with us along the trails and ponds to discover birds and other cool nature out at dusk. (Children attending should be able to observe quietly.) This program is $1/person and all participants must be registered through this online system. Dress warmly with good hiking shoes.
 
Harris Lake Bird Walk
Monday, Feb. 20
Time: 10–11 a.m.
For ages 4 & up
Cost: FREE!
Help park staff add to our Great Backyard Bird Count data as we walk along the trails and shore to identify our birds in the various habitats of the park. Meet at the restroom pavilion. 
 
Majestic Eagles
Monday, Feb. 20
Time: 10–11 a.m.
For ages 5 & up
Cost: $1/Person
In honor of Presidents' Day and the GBBC, enjoy a morning at the park learning about our national symbol, the majestic bald eagle! Discover eagle habits and history, compare your arm span to that of an eagle and create an eagle craft. We'll conclude the program with a hike to the fishing pier to look for eagles soaring high over Harris Lake. Dress for the weather and bring your own binoculars, or borrow ours. We will have a spotting scope at the pier. The fee for this program is $1/person. Registration is required for each participant.
 
Bird Fun
Monday, Feb. 20
Time: Noon–3 p.m.
For all ages
Cost: FREE!
Join us between 12 and 3 for some Bird Fun! Bring a picnic lunch to start you off. Many bird educational activities, games, crafts, and hikes will be available for you to participate in. Dress for the weather and come ready to celebrate the birds during the Great Backyard Bird Count. Registration is requested for each participant.

The American Tobacco Trail

Bird Walk along the ATT
Friday, Feb. 17
Time: 810 a.m.
For all ages
Cost: FREE!
As part of our Great Backyard Bird Count Programs, we will observe and count the variety of birds that live in this area as we walk to the Beaver Creek Bridge. Meet at the Picnic Table at the New Hill Parking Area. Dress for the weather, bring water and binoculars. Free program, registration not required.

Historic Yates Mill County Park

Park Tales: The Six Swans 
Friday, Feb. 17
Time: 45 p.m.
For all ages
Cost: FREE!
The Six Swans is a German fairy tale that was collected by the Brothers Grimm. In the story, to save her brothers, a princess may not speak until a curse is broken. She has many things happen to her that she does not want, because she is unable to speak to tell anyone. Find out how she manages to save herself and her brothers just in the nick of time. For all ages; fee: FREE. Registration is not required. Children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Breakfast with the Birds Hike
Saturday, Feb. 18
Time: 9–10:30 a.m.
For all ages
Cost: FREE!
Enjoy doughnuts with a cup of shade-grown, bird-friendly coffee or hot chocolate for the kids, before leisurely walking the trails with a park naturalist to identify and count the birds. Please bring a reusable mug for each member of your family. For all ages; fee: FREE. Registration is required for all participants, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Afternoon Backyard Bird Count
Sunday, Feb. 19
Time: 1:30–2:30 p.m.
For all ages
Cost: FREE!
Join a park naturalist on a one-mile hike around Yates Mill Pond and help to identify and count the birds that we see along the way. Learn how to identify backyard birds by sight, sound and other signs. For all ages; FREE. Preregistration is not required.
 
Discovery Table: National Birds
Monday, Feb. 20
Time: 8:30 a.m.5 p.m.
For all ages
Cost: FREE!
Is it true that Turkey and Eagle once faced off to see who would be our national bird? Find out the answer and discover the natural characteristics that made each bird a contender. Celebrate Presidents Day and the Great Backyard Bird Count in one fell swoop! Learn about the use of birds in national symbols and make your own bird-themed Great Seal to take home. For all ages; fee: FREE. Registration is not required.
 

Crowder District Park

Discovery Table: Birds of Prey
Friday, Feb. 17
Time: 1-3 p.m.
For all ages
Cost: FREE!
Stop by our FREE discovery table to explore birds of prey! For all ages; fee: FREE. Registration is not required. The display table is located at the park office.
 
Afternoon Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, Feb. 18
Time: 3:30–4:30 p.m.
For all ages
Cost: FREE!
Join a park naturalist on a one-mile hike around Crowder Pond and help to identify and count the birds that we see along the way. Learn how to identify backyard birds by sight, sound and other signs. For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); FREE. Preregistration is not required.
 
Early Birders
Monday, Feb. 20
Time: 11 a.m.–noon
For all ages
Cost: FREE!
Join us on a winter bird scavenger hunt! Search for common birds of the park and count them along the way. Practice using binoculars and learn how to identify these animals by shape and color. For all ages (recommended for children ages 4–10); fee: FREE. Registration is required for all family members and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Kids Get Crafty: Bird Bonanza
Monday, Feb. 20
Time: 1-2 p.m.
For all ages
Cost: FREE!
Birds come in different shapes, sizes and patterns! Stop by our craft table to create a "bird". We will bring the materials if you bring the imagination! For all ages (adult accompaniment required for all children); fee: FREE. Registration required. 

Lake Crabtree County Park

 
Bird Walk
Friday, Feb. 17; Saturday, Feb. 18; Sunday, Feb. 19; and Monday, Feb. 20
Time: 8:30–10 a.m.
Cost: All are FREE!
Join park staff in collecting data for the 20th annual Great Backyard Bird Count. We will look and listen for birds in a variety of habitats, and keep track of how many individuals of each species we find. New and experienced birders of all ages are welcome. Learn field ID techniques for our winter residents and visitors. We will end at the park office for hot beverages and a review of our sightings.
 
Backyard Bird Basics
Saturday, Feb. 18
Time: Noon–3 p.m.
Cost: All are FREE!
Stop by the Manager's Office for a variety of bird-related games, activities and crafts. We will talk about ways to attract birds to your outdoor space, and how to identify common backyard birds. Participants can learn bird calls, make suet, help count birds at the park feeder, and more! This event has something for everyone, adults and kids alike! Stop by for a few minutes or stay for the entire time.
 


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