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Great Backyard Bird Count

Great Backyard Bird Count

February 16, 2019 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Included with general admission to the VINS Nature Center.

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. With a naturalist as your guide, you’ll be one of over 160,000 people around the world celebrating these delightful creatures. Put your bird-watching skills to work at VINS on Saturday, February 15 and enjoy activities for all ages!

10:00am – 4:00pm
Bird Count Headquarters
Kick off the Great Backyard Bird Count in the VINS classroom! Head there to pick up your “Citizen Scientist Data Sheet”, and fill it with your wild bird findings. Whether observing in the field or in our classroom, add your data to the day’s list and check out what other visitors have seen.

11:00am – 11:45am
Meet a Raptor: Intro to the Great Backyard Bird Count
What is the Great Backyard Bird Count all about and why is it so special? Is that a real live falcon? Have all your burning questions answered in this introduction to the largest bird survey ever conducted, and the part you can play in it!

12:30pm – 12:45pm
Songbirds of VINS
It’s not just the raptors that get to be avian ambassadors! Come meet and hear the individual stories of our resident Mourning Doves, American Robins, Northern Cardinal, and others.

1:15pm – 2:00pm
Raptor Enclosure Tour
Join a raptor expert on this guided walk through our enclosures. Learn all kinds of insider information from design and upkeep to the natural history of our resident raptors.

2:00pm – 2:45pm
Predators of the Sky
Come inside to warm up from a hard day’s bird-watching to meet our avian ambassadors as they fly right by and a VINS educator explains their amazing adaptations.

2:45pm – 3:00pm
Raptor Feeding Time
Ever wonder what we feed the raptors here at VINS? Or how we keep our residents healthy and happy? Join us to observe the eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls eating their daily meal and discover what it takes to care for these wonderful creatures.

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