AE21 Introducing the Great Backyard Bird Count

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Thursday February 11

3:00 PM  –  4:30 PM


Introducing the Great Backyard Bird Count

ONLINE*  Thursday, February 11; 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Jonathan Marchal & Kristin Anderson

Free, Suggested Donation $10

BRN, NCEE Credit - 3 hours (with observation/reflection assignment)


The world comes together for the love of birds each February to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, a program of Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. Learn how to participate in this worldwide citizen science project that aids scientists in learning more about the birds we enjoy in our own neighborhoods. This session will include a brief overview of the project including what previous counts have revealed about changes in bird populations and how scientists use this data. We'll then explore how to submit your observations and join the world in celebrating birds. By taking this course and contributing to the project you can receive your own NC Bird Count badge. 

*Instructions for joining via Zoom will be included in your confirmation email following registration. A recording of the class will be made available to registered participants for a limited period following the session for review and to provide access to those with scheduling conflicts.


Jonathan Marchal serves as Director of Education at the N.C. Arboretum and is the creator of ecoEXPLORE, a youth citizen science initiative. He has been leading outdoor ecology and recreation programming for over twenty years for youth and adults, and was named the 2019 Naturalist of the Year by the Blue Ridge Naturalist Network. He has prior work experience with the National Park System, North Carolina State Parks and Trout Unlimited. He is an award winning, certified environmental educator and has served as the president of the Environmental Educators of North Carolina. Jonathan holds an AAS in Recreation and Wildlife Management, a BA in Ecology and a Master’s Degree in Park, Recreation and Tourism Management. He is the project lead for Team WNC in the City Nature Challenge.  


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Additional donations are always welcome and appreciated. Proceeds from donations go to support intergenerational education at the North Carolina Arboretum.