This is an annual count when thousands of people, all over the country, spend a day counting birds, gathering data on the number and species of birds seen and heard. Even if you are a novice birder, you can join a team — and learn from the many birding experts. It’s fun, easy, and a nice day outdoors. Call the Visitor Center for more information and contacts.
Prefer to stay indoors? The Friends will be counting the birds at our feeders. Join us and learn the common winter feeder birds and contribute to the Christmas Bird Count data.
We need more volunteers! Especially greeting visitors in the Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center. Come learn about the many volunteer opportunities at Great Swamp NWR. Visitor Center.
You can be a citizen scientist!
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a worldwide, free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations.
- Join us for a census of winter birds at our feeders. Results are reported to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology..
- Continue the count outdoors on a guided walk.
- Learn the names of common feeder birds with Bird Bingo!
- Make a suet feeder and other activities and crafts for kids.
This is a great way to learn about birds and to get started birding. Bird watchers of all ages and skills are welcome. Visitor Center.
Come and learn about volunteer opportunities at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Visitor Center.
Volunteers are needed to staff the Wildlife Observation Center (WOC) by greeting visitors, recording wildlife sightings, and handing out Bird Bingo. It’s fun, easy and you’ll learn a lot. Join us to find out how you can get started volunteering. Wildlife Observation Center.