It's time for the Great Backyard Bird Count!
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Join DC Audubon on the Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count starts next Friday! This fun, free, family-friendly program invites birdwatchers of all abilities to get out in your backyards, balconies, parks, or anywhere you can find birds and report your observations online. If you can identify a single species, like a robin or a pigeon, you are encouraged to participate so get out wherever you are this holiday weekend and help make our local birds count! Sign up and get started here!

You can join DC Audubon on Saturday, February 16th, at 8AM  as we participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Bring your friends, family, and anyone else with whom you want to share the joy of birdwatching!

We'll be meeting at Hains Point.  Located at the tip of East Potomac Park, Hains Point boasts the largest species count of any single birding spot in Washington, D.C. With great views of the Potomac and Washington Channel, Hains Point offers wonderful habitat for wintering waterfowl, gulls, and numerous raptor species. We'll also be on the lookout for kinglets, nuthatches, and sparrows.


Meet in the parking lot at the southern tip of Hains Point. Unfortunately, public transportation options are limited. The DC Circulator - National Mall route stops at the Jefferson Memorial, a 40-minute walk from the meeting point. The nearest metro stations (Smithsonian and L'Enfant Plaza) are several miles away.

 As always, please be mindful of weather conditions, dress and hydrate appropriately, and use caution when traveling to new or unfamiliar birding locations. Get your ducks in a row and register here.   

And if you want to keep counting birds...

Living Classrooms staff will be out at Kingman Island on Sunday, February 17 from 9-12 to facilitate counts and encourage people to monitor the islands to contribute to the Great Backyard Bird Count. Learn more here.

Meet our heroes--and some wild animals--at City Wildlife
Since 2013, our friends at City Wildlife have been rescuing injured animals in D.C. City Wildlife was created to address the need for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in Washington, DC. Urban development has reduced local wildlife habitat and wild animals have had to adapt to living in close proximity with people. Each year, hundreds of wild animals in DC are unintentionally harmed by people and the urban environment. On February 17th, they are hosting their annual open house--this the only day of the year when you can tour the facility and see first-hand how the heroes at City Wildlife rehabilitate injured, ill, and orphaned wild animals. There's no need to RSVP, but you can get the details of the event here

DC Hearing on the Arctic Refuge

On Wednesday, February 13th, the Department of the Interior will hold a public hearing in DC on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The administration is rushing to drill in the Arctic Refuge, which is the nesting ground for millions of migratory birds that travel here from all 50 states to raise their chicks, including Tundra Swans and other species that migrate through the DC area. As soon as this year, the Department plans to hold a lease sale to sell out the heart of the Arctic Refuge to oil companies. You can voice your opinion between 2pm-8pm on Wednesday at the National Housing Center, at 1201 15th St., NW. For more information, click here, or reach out to Erik Schneider with National Audubon Society.
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