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Floyds Fork, Gravel Bar, Meadow, Trail, Woods

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Beckley Creek Park

Birders of all ages, grab your binoculars! Swooping, singing, hunting, and foraging – bird watching is a great way to get to know your local landscape. Join Parklands Interpretive Rangers February 17-19, 2023, as we participate in The Great Backyard Bird Count! Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real time.

For the second straight year, The Parklands of Floyds Fork’s will compete against another one of Louisville’s beloved natural spaces, The Louisville Nature Center, in a head-to-head bird count competition. By using the official parameters of Cornell’s GBBC The Parklands and Louisville Nature Center will compete to see who can spot the most species. Since The Parklands is much larger than the Louisville Nature Center, we have leveled the playing field by limiting our count to Beckley Creek Park.

This citizen science event is for learners of all ages to begin or continue their journey into birding. Hikes last roughly two hours each day and will be led by Parklands Interpretive Rangers. A full schedule of hikes is below.

February 17-Join Interpretive Rangers at 4:00pm at the PNC Achievement Center in Beckley Creek Park to walk through the Humana Grand Allee.

February 18– Join Interpretive Rangers at 9:30am at the Flats Soccer Field Parking lot to walk the Valley of the Giants Trail.

February 19– Join Interpretive Rangers at 9:30am at the North Beckley Paddling Access parking lot to walk the Coppiced Woods trail and fishing lakes.

On each walk, Rangers will keep track of the bird count that our birders spot with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology eBird app. At the end of each day, we will tally up all of our bird counts and add it to the international citizen science project “The Great Backyard Bird Count.” Dress warmly for this all-outdoor program.

Interested in birding on your own and want more information on how to use the eBird app? Join Parklands Interpretive Rangers on February 17 at 9:30am for a short information session. We will go over how to use the eBird app, why it is important, and take a short bird walk to demonstrate eBird.

This event is free and open to all.