Great Backyard Bird Count

We want to see how many birds the public can find this weekend for the Great Backyard Bird Count!

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.

Each February Audubon hosts The Great Backyard Bird Count, a four day citizen science project that engages bird watchers on every level -from beginners to experts- in helping Audubon count birds. No big commitment is needed, just a few minutes of your time to go out look and report! Interested in helping? Click here to learn more. 

The thick undergrowth of New Orleans City Park’s Couturie Forest makes it one of the state’s top birding spots. You’ll also find rare and native birds winging it around Scout Island, the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Bayou St. John and the Big Lake area.

Whether you are a novice birder or have been birding for years, visit to enjoy the feathered friends of New Orleans City Park. The Park’s 1,300 acres of green space are filled with lagoons, flora, and groves of trees that support a great variety of birds, from brown pelicans to red-bellied woodpeckers, and make the Park one of the best bird watching destinations!

Everyone enjoys feeding the geese & ducks, watching the graceful swans, and listening to the song-birds - but there are hundreds of  other types of birds either calling City Park home or passing through the neighborhood. This inside guide provides a list of previously cited birds so you can find them all - if you're lucky! Check it out here

In 2018 City Park was lucky to have four Loyola University New Orleans professors engage more than 20 scientists, 50 university students, and 500 citizens through a citizen science bioblitz. The goal was “to identify Park species, and show Park planners where native species may be disappearing and where invasive species may be gaining traction. With the help of volunteers and scientists, Park management and city leaders are gaining a better understanding of the biodiversity at one of the nation’s largest public parks, and that information is already helping them to make better decisions about how City Park is managed and developed,” said Bob Thomas, professor and director of the Loyola Center for Environmental Communication.

During the three 2018 bioblitz events held in the Park, over 100 species of birds were spotted.

We invite you to participate! For at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 15-18, 2019, simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world, for as long as you wish!

If you’re new to the count, or have not participated since before the 2013 merger with eBird, you must create a free online account to enter your checklists. If you already have an account, use your login name and password to gain access. If you have already participated in another Cornell Lab citizen-science project, you can use your existing login information, too.

For more information from Audubon on this event please visit this link.