Get outside and participate in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count! Started in 1998 by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, it is the first online community science project to gather data on wild birds. People in more than 100 countries participate in helping put together a global count over 96 continuous hours.

How to Participate

It's simple to participate and something the entire family can do! This year from February 16- 19th spend 15 minutes counting birds you see in your backyard, or a park or anywhere in your area. Register your family HERE and then submit your data after your count. Want to be more prepared? Check out this “how to” slideshow and this picture based bird identification guide. You can also download one of these free apps to help with bird identification.

Waxwing picture with details for the 2018 Great Big Backyard Bird Count


Are you or someone in your family a budding nature photographer? You can enter photos from your bird count in the annual Photo Contest (pictures must be submitted by March 1).

Local Community Bird Counting Events

Nashville Zoo – Feb. 11, 2011 – 11 AM – 1 PM

  • Learn more about the Bird Count program, gain counting skills and practice counting on the Zoo trails.
  • FREE with paid Zoo admission

Great Backyard Bird Count at Warner Park – Feb. 17, 2018 10 AM – Noon

  • Learn counting skills and the count birds as a group.
  • FREE – no registration required

About Lauren Breeze

Lauren BreezeLauren is a transplant from Texas and has become a local tourist exploring the area with her two children. She loves to discover new places in Nashville to share with others.