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Great Backyard Bird Count

Great Backyard Bird Count

February 18, 2023 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Great Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, February 18 / 10 AM – 4 PM
Included with admission to VINS

Enjoy watching birds at your feeders? Want to learn more about helping the birds in your community? Then put your bird watching skills to work at VINS as we celebrate the Great Backyard Bird Count. Visit us and learn to count birds for science!

Join the global wildlife science phenomenon that is the Great Backyard Bird Count! Learn how watching the birds at your feeders can help researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society understand what birds do in the winter. As a naturalist, you’ll be one of thousands of people around the world celebrating these delightful creatures. This year, put your bird-watching skills to work in your own backyard!

Event Schedule:

10 AM – 4 PM / Pokémon Challenge
Professor Oak needs your help! VINS is teeming with real-life Pokémon, frolicking about feeders and chattering in the trees. It’s the perfect opportunity to study them and he needs your help to catch them all, not with a Poké Ball but with your smartphone camera!

In participation with the Great Backyard Bird Count, learn to count and identify these real life Pokémon. Once you capture as many different Pokémon as you can on camera, head back to the lab to report your numbers and show your photos to our team of Pokémon scientists who will help you to identify them and teach you all about them.

As a gift from Professor Oak, for each different Pokémon you find, you can bring one home in the form of a playable and collectable card! Not only will you help to advance Pokémon research, but by participating in the backyard bird count you can help out real-life scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. (Neale Pavilion)

11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM / Birding on the Canopy Walk
Meet an educator on the hour out on the canopy walk as they count birds at the hanging feeders for the Great Backyard Bird Count. (Forest Canopy Walk)

For more information, contact us at 802.359.5000 or info@vinsweb.org.