AE21 On Demand: Introducing the Great Backyard Bird Count


Introducing the Great Backyard Bird Count


Instructor: Jonathan Marchal

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. 

*A link to access the video will be included in your confirmation email following registration. Registrants will be able to access the video through March 14.


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.  


This class is free with the option to include a suggested donation appearing in your cart at check out. Your generous contribution goes to support education programs at the Arboretum.

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