Great Backyard Bird Count
This four-day event, taking place Feb. 13-16, enlists the help of citizen scientists. Researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society are able to learn more about birds and how to protect them through your observations. Participation in this event is free, with no registration needed. The instructions: watch and count birds for at least 15 minutes on any day of the count, then enter your results at gbbc.birdcount.org.
Common Birds of Atlanta
While your family is counting birds, keep an eye out for these common feathered friends.
- Brown Thrasher: state bird of Georgia; slender bill; gray face; yellow eye; white under parts with heavy black streaking; often found in dense vegetation.
- Eastern Bluebird: bright blue upper parts; orange-red throat; white belly; often found in parks, gardens and perching on fences.
- American Robin: broken eye ring; dull red breast and bellow; streaked throat; thin yellow bill; common in residential areas.
- Red-winged Blackbird: permanent Atlanta resident; bright red patch on wings bordered by yellow; sharply pointed bill; often found in flocks with other species of blackbirds.
- Northern Cardinal: males have bright red feathers; black around the base of bill; found in a variety of habitats, often with dense underbrush.
Source: Fernbank Science Center
Count with Others!
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Feb. 13-16. Fri., Sat., Mon., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Kids of all ages can stop by the Nature Exchange to learn how to participate in the program, then children can make a backyard bird feeder. Reservation required. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. Adults, $10; ages 3-12, $6; ages 2 and younger, free. chattnaturecenter.org
Dunwoody Nature Center
Feb. 14. 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and Feb. 16.
10 a.m. and noon.
Birding lessons for adults and children will cover species identification, observation and how to enter the tally on the birdcount website. Reservations required. 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody. 770-394-3322. Free. dunwoodynature.org.
Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center
Feb. 14, 15 and 16. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Learn about birds through crafts and activities inside the center, then take a hike and count birds. Register for Birding 101,1 p.m. and Birding 102, 2 p.m. for ages 8 and older. 2020 Clean Water Dr., Buford. 770-904-3500. Adults, $10.50; ages 3-12, $6.50; ages 2 and younger, free. gwinnettehc.org.
Feb. 14. 10 a.m.-noon.
Bring your binoculars and identify all kinds of birds in the garden. Enjoy a birdhouse picture scavenger hunt. Reservation required. 2382 Pine Mountain Rd, Kennesaw. 770-919-0248. Adults, $7; ages 6-12, $5; ages 5 and younger, free. smithgilbertgardens.com.
The Blue Heron Nature Preserve
Feb.14. 8:30 a.m.
Join Atlanta Audubon Society to
celebrate and enjoy a guided bird walk. Binoculars available to borrow and take-home posters, coloring pages for kids and more.
4055 Roswell Rd., Atlanta. 678-972-2437. Free.atlantaaudubon.org
– Hayley Markowitz