Audubon and Dorothea Dix Park Invite Public to Great Backyard Bird Count Kickoff Event

Carolina Wren by Bette Parette. Source: Audubon Great Backyard Bird Count
Carolina Wren by Bette Parette. Source: Audubon Great Backyard Bird Count

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As a kickoff to the global Great Backyard Bird Count, Audubon North Carolina, Wake Audubon Society, and the City of Raleigh will hold a free, open-to-the-public event at Dorothea Dix Park.

The kickoff is Friday, February 15, 2019, 9-11am, at Flowers Cottage in Dorothea Dix Park, 2105 Umstead Drive, Raleigh, NC.

Following remarks by National Audubon Society President and CEO David Yarnold and First Lady of North Carolina Kristin Cooper, volunteers from Wake Audubon Society will lead groups on a 15-minute count of birds at Dorothea Dix Park.

The event will be fun for all ages and all levels of birding experience. Spotting scopes will be available to look through and some binoculars will be available to borrow. For those who have them, it may be a good idea to bring along a pair of binoculars, spotting scope, or camera.

Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and wear comfortable, park-appropriate shoes. Bring water to drink as the park does not have drinkable water.

Find more kickoff details and register for this free event at

The 22nd Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will take place from Friday, February 15 through Monday, February 18, 2019. Volunteers from around the world are invited to count the birds they see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, then enter their checklists at Participants in the GBBC help scientists understand how things like habitat fragmentation and climate change are impacting bird populations.

Dorothea Dix Park is the site of one of the most exciting new park projects in America. This 308-acre site blends historic architecture and rich landscapes into a unique destination in the heart of Raleigh, NC. The effort to create Dorothea Dix Park is a public-private partnership between the City of Raleigh and Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy. The City owns and operates Dorothea Dix Park. The Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that exists to support the City by serving as its philanthropic partner. Learn more at

The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn more at and @audubonsociety.

Audubon North Carolina is a state office of the National Audubon Society with a headquarters in Durham, NC. Learn more at, their YouTube channel, and @audubonnc.​

Wake Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society; learn more at


Source: Kim Brand, Audubon North Carolina

Ed. Note: Read our article on the Great Backyard Bird Count 2019 here.

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