Community science bird counting event is included with Garden Admission
Visit the Lora M. Robins Library where we will have activities and information available from our partnering organizations, including the Richmond Audubon Society, and the Riverine Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists.
Join Buz and Barb Sawyer, experienced birdwatchers since childhood, as they lead tours to help locate and identify birds in the Garden. They’ll share tips and visit areas in the Garden with available winter food sources for birds such as holly berries, wax myrtle, juniper, hawthorns, staghorn sumac, etc. We’ll count and record our sightings as a group. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them (not required). Children 8 and up are welcome to attend when accompanied by an adult. No pre-registration is required. Tours are first come, first serve and limited to 15 participants. Tours leave from the Atrium of the Robins Visitors Center at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Also, join local author Judy Jamison for the launch and signing of her new book – Brave Bird. She will be hosting our story time that morning at 10 and 10:30 a.m. There will be fun activities for all ages!
Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary will participate in the event, educating guests on all the things we can do to protect and rescue wildlife in Virginia.
The Great Backyard Bird Count was launched in 1998 by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. This global community science project helps the general public and scientists learn more about the year-to-year bird populations and distributions.
Community Science Fun Facts
Lilah Monroe, observes butterflies for a community scientist project.
- Last year there were 300,000+ participants from all over the world!
- Data was collected from 6,436 species of birds