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Friday through Monday, February 13–16, 2015

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. Visit www.birdsource.org/gbbc for more information!

 
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 by order of date) 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:
 
Programs are FREE in honor of the Great Backyard Bird Count Weekend, are for all ages, and preregistration is required, unless otherwise noted.
For all programs, bring your own binoculars and bird guides or borrow ours.
Contact each park for registration information.
 
American Tobacco Trail
919-387-4342   harris.lake@wakegov.com
 
Bird Walk
Sunday, February 15
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Join us for a walk along the American Tobacco Trail, from White Oak toward Wimberly, as we identify and count the birds. Stay with us as long as you like. Meet at the White Oak Parking Area picnic tables1305 White Oak Church Road, Apex, NC 27523.
 
Bird Walk
Monday, February 16
Time: 3–5 p.m.
We will walk toward the Beaver Creek Bridge to observe and count the variety of birds that live in this area. Registration is requested. Meet at the New Hill Parking Area picnic table, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex, NC 27502.
 
 
 
Blue Jay Point County Park
919-870-4330   bluejaypoint@wakegov.com
 
Counting is for the Birds!
Monday, February 16
Time: 10–11 a.m.
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.
 
 
 
Crowder District Park
919-662-2850   crowder@wakegov.com

Breakfast with the Birds Hike
Friday, February 13
Time: 9–10:30 a.m.
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.

Happy Valentine's Day, Mother Nature
Saturday, February 14
Time: 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Fee:  $5/family
Did you give a valentine to Mother Nature this year? Join us as we celebrate a day of love and kindness at the park! Make a few homemade Valentine's presents for our feathered friends, including a nesting ball and a bird feeder. Then create a card from natural objects to give to a special someone while eating a Valentine's Day snack.
 
Afternoon Backyard Bird Count
Sunday, February 15
Time: 1–2 p.m.
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. Preregistration is not required.
 
 
 
Harris Lake County Park
919-387-4342   harris.lake@wakegov.com
 
Bird Walk
Friday, February 13
Time: 8:30–10 a.m.
We will walk along the shore and into the woods to identify a variety of birds in the various habitats at Harris Lake County Park. Meet at the Restroom Pavilion.
 
Introduction to Birdwatching and GBBC
Friday, February 13
Time: 3:30–5:30 p.m.
As we introduce you to the rewarding hobby of birdwatching, we will hike along the trails to learn identification tips and how you can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count on your own over the 4-day event. Meet at the Longleaf Shelter.
 
Bird Walk
Saturday, February 14
Time: 8:30–10 a.m.
We will walk along the shore and into the woods to identify a variety of birds in the various habitats at Harris Lake County Park. Bring your own binoculars and bird guides or use ours. Meet at the Restroom Pavilion.
 
Birdapalooza
Saturday, February 14
Time: 1–4 p.m.
Fly by and enjoy a variety of fun, educational and interactive bird-themed activities, including games, crafts, hikes, scavenger hunts and more! Enjoy a cup of shade-grown coffee and learn why it helps the birds. Meet in our Educational Gardens near the Restroom Pavilion.
 
Owl Prowl
Saturday, February 14
Time: 6–7 p.m.
Owls are actively calling to claim their territory at this time of year. Learn about the different owls that live in our area, their amazing adaptations, and how to identify them by sight and sound. We will hike along the trails in hopes of hearing one of these nocturnal birds of prey. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.
 
Bird Walk
Sunday, February 15
Time: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
We will walk along the shore and into the woods to identify a variety of birds in the various habitats at Harris Lake County Park. Meet at the Restroom Pavilion.
 
Bird Walk
Monday, February 16
Time: 9–11 a.m.
We will walk along the trails and into the woods to identify a variety of birds in the various habitats at Harris Lake County Park. Meet at the Restroom Pavilion.
 
Shoreline Bird Walk
Monday, February 16
Time: 2–4 p.m.
We will walk along the shoreline of Harris Lake to identify a variety of waterfowl and other birds that live on and around the lake. Meet at the Restroom Pavilion.
 
 
 
Historic Yates Mill County Park
919-856-6675   yatesmill@wakegov.com
 
Love Birds
Saturday, February 14
Time: 2–3:30 p.m.
Experience the abundance of bird life that's found in the park by watching a colorful slideshow before heading outdoors to see who's flapping about. Binoculars may be borrowed to get the best "bird's eye view." We'll explore how birds begin courtship displays to attract mates and ward off rivals, and also what they do to set up house. Then see if you can attract a feathered friend by learning a bird mating dance.

Breakfast with the Birds Hike
Monday, February 16
Time: 9–10:30 a.m.
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.

National Birds
Monday, February 16
Time: 11 a.m.–noon
Fee: $5/family
Did you know that Turkey and Eagle once faced off to see who would be our national bird? Celebrate Presidents Day and the Great Backyard Bird Count in one fell swoop! Discover the natural characteristics that made each such a contender, learn about the use of birds in national symbols and make your own bird-themed Great Seal to take home.


Lake Crabtree County Park
919-460-3390   lakecrabtree@wakegov.com
 
Bird Walks
February 13, 14, 15, 16
Time:  8:30–10 a.m.
Lake Crabtree will be hosting Bird Walks all four days of the count, and we need your help to collect data. These walks are great for experts and beginners alike! Share your birdwatching knowledge with others, learn how to identify common birds in our area, and meet other bird enthusiasts. All walks will be led by park staff and volunteers who are eager to share their love of birds. These walks do not require preregistration. Meet at the Waterwise Garden.

Love Birds?
Saturday, February 14
Time: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
This Valentine's Day, Lake Crabtree wants to answer the above question with a definite 'yes'! Join park staff and volunteers for a variety of activities, crafts and information booths about the dangers birds face and what we can do to protect them and continue to appreciate them. You can tour our wildlife garden for ideas on attracting birds to your yard or workplace, go on one of our bird walks to help count birds in the park, and much more! This event does not require preregistration. Meet at the Manager's Office.

Lifestyles of the Winged and Feathered
Sunday, February 15
Time: 1–3 p.m.
Robin Redbreast Leach here to tell you to show up for a tour of the homes of Lake Crabtree's most well-known birds. Whether it's opportunistic wrens or fussy nuthatches, we'll offer insight into the nesting and living habits of the park's avian residents.

Homeschool/Track-out
Junior Birder Patch Program
Monday, February 16
Time: 10 a.m.–noon
Fee: $10/child
Learn all about birds and birdwatching through a variety of hands-on activities. Participants will earn the Junior Birder Patch by completing this program. We'll learn how to use binoculars, practice our bird identification skills and much more! This program requires preregistration. Ages 6–12.


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