Flock to Scotts Bluff National Monument for the 27th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count

Join a community of bird lovers around the world to observe, learn about, count, and celebrate birds!

Join Noelle Grunwald, the Nebraska Environmental Educator with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, on Saturday, February 17th from 10:00-11:00 am in the Scotts Bluff National Monument Visitor Center to learn more about the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) and how you can participate in this free and fun global event. After the short indoor program, join Grunwald for an easy birding walk to observe winter birds around the visitor center.

Nebraska is home to an abundance of diverse wildlife and habitats with over 450 different species of birds calling our state home throughout the year. No matter where you live or travel and no matter the season there are always birds to be seen and enjoyed. “The Great Backyard Bird Count is a great way for people of all ages and abilities to connect with birds, nature and each other,” says Noelle Grunwald. “Last year more than a half-million people participated during the GBBC. They reported more than 7,500 species of birds from over 200 countries. The observations made during the GBBC help scientists better understand global bird populations and the best part is that anyone and everyone can participate – even if you are new to birds and birding! I really hope people will join me in celebrating our western Nebraska winter birds.”

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, and Birds Canada and is made possible in part by founding sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited. Information about the Great Backyard Bird Count can be found at https://www.birdcount.org/.

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is a non-profit organization that conserves birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of science, education, and land stewardship. If you would like to learn more about Bird Conservancy’s educational programs and events in western Nebraska, please visit https://www.birdconservancy.org/what-we-do/education/nebraska-programs/www.birdconservancy.org/nebraska_programs, their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/birdconservancynebraska/, or contact their office at (308) 633-1013.

The Scotts Bluff National Monument Visitor Center is currently open daily from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The Summit Road is open (weather and conditions permitting) from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monument grounds and trails are open sunrise to sunset.

Further information about Scotts Bluff National Monument programs and schedules are available at the visitor center, by calling 308-436-9700 or by visiting our website at http://www.nps.gov/scbl/index.htm or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/scottsbluffnps.