Great Backyard Bird Count

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The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Each February participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.  

How can I participate?

At home:

Visit or more information on how you can participate at home and to find events near you.

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In Carrboro:

Count Kick Off

  • Friday, February 16th, 2024
  • 11:00am to 1:00pm 
  • Under the Elm at Town Hall (301 W Main St)

Join staff to learn more about the Great Backyard Bird Count and how you can participate at home. Checklists and take home information will be available.

Count in the Park

  • Sunday, February 18th, 2024
  • 10:00am to 3:00pm
  • MLK Jr Park (1120 Hillsborough Road)

Come out to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park and count birds in the park! Staff will be on hand to get you started performing your own count and help with identification.  We will provide check lists and pencils, you may want to bring your own binoculars. A water bottle refill station will be provided. Open to all ages, Rain or Shine!

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