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Great Backyard
Bird Count

Citizen Science events like the Great Backyard Bird Count are important sources of information as we look at global warming and its effect on nature. The next Great Backyard Bird Count is February 14-17, 2020 and takes place all across America in thousands of communities. Bird watchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are.  Here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, we’ll be counting birds (and you can help too!) on Feb 15th from 9 a.m. to noon. Children are welcome to help with a parent. Whether you decide to pre-register for one of our Bird Count Tours (see tour times below), or count on your own, all are welcome to participate in this exciting community event!

yellow bird on branch eats seed

Goldfinch at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Photo by Tom Hennessy

The Great Backyard Bird Count was launched in 1998 by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. This global citizen science project helps communities and scientists learn more about the year to year bird populations and distributions.

In addition to the Citizen Science Bird Count project, we are also offering 30-minute, youth accessible (ages 6-12) Garden Guide-led Bird Count walking tours. Feel free to participate in either or both.  Registration and more info below. Pre-registration is encouraged due to limited space.

8:30 Bird Count Tour

9:30 Bird Count Tour

10:30 Bird Count Tour

Saturday, February 15, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Details

Included with Garden Admission $6 adults, $4 kids 3-12, free for Garden members and children under 3
Meet in the Robins Visitors Center where we will have information available from our partnering organizations, including the Richmond Audubon Society, Virginia Bluebird Society, and the Riverine Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists.

Citizen Science Fun Facts

Citizen Scientist student takes notes in a garden.

Lilah Monroe, a Glen Allen High School student, observes butterflies for a citizen scientist project.

  • Last year there were 224,781 participants from all over the world!
  • Data was collected from 6,699 species of birds