The Great Backyard Bird Count 2017

by | Feb 7, 2017 | WAS News

The Wyncote Audubon Society has annually sponsored GBBC events in with our community partners. Our goal is to provide opportunities for our Audubon Adventure students and their families and other interested folks to participate in this international program. The GBBC is conducted each year over Presidents’ Weekend. All are invited to stop by for a visit and help our Wyncote Audubon volunteers keep count of throughout the weekend the birds that we identify at each GBBC site. This year Wyncote Audubon is participating in five GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT EVENTS with support of our partners that include the Abington Environmental Advisory Council, Audubon Pennsylvania, Audubon Bird Towns, Briar Bush Nature Center, Cheltenham Department of Parks and Recreation, Fort Washington State Park, the Militia Hill Hawk Watch, the Tookany/Tacony Watershed Partnership, and Upper Dublin Parks and Recreation. Stop by for a visit at any of these scheduled events and join the fun! If you can’t join us for one of these events then be sure to count the birds you see in your back yard and report them as par of the GBBC. For more information go to:


Friday, February 17, 2017: 8:00 AM -11:00 AM

Join us at Briar Bush Nature Center, 1212 Edge Hill Road, Abington, PA 19001 and join us at the Griscom Observatory as we monitor the birds coming to the feeders. We will submit reports each half-hour throughout the morning. Leigh Altadonna:

Or Jennifer Sherwood:


Friday, February 17, 2017: 1:00 PM -3:00 PM

Join us in the park at the Militia Hill Hawk Watch on the lower deck as we monitor the birds coming to the feeders. We will submit reports each half-hour throughout the afternoon. Park in the main parking lot located across the roadway from the Hawk Watch Platform. Dress for the weather conditions. Bring binoculars if you have them. Contact Info: Leigh Altadonna:


Saturday, February 18, 2017: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Join us at Robbins Park and park in the main lot at Robbins Park, 1419 East Butler Pike, Ambler, PA 19002.  Meet us in the nature center building as we monitor the birds coming to the feeders. We will also walk to the bird blind in the park during to do some of our monitoring at that location. Contact Info: Leigh Altadonna: Or Cindy Nuss:


Saturday, February 18, 2017: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Wyncote will be among the many organizations helping the Cheltenham Township Parks and Recreation Department for their Maple Sugaring Festival: A Celebration of Trees at Glenside Hall, 185 S. Keswick Ave., Glenside, PA 19038. There is an admission fee of $5. Wyncote Audubon Society will teach how to focus binoculars & explain what Bird Town means. Go on a guided bird walk with WAS in the Park at 2:30 to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Contact Info: Leigh Altadonna:  Or Judith Gratz:


Monday, February 20, 2017: 8:00 AM -11:00 AM

Meet at the entrance to Tacony Creek Park 5109 Bingham St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. Volunteers from the Tookany/Tacony Watershed Partnership and the Wyncote Audubon Society will lead a bird walk as we explore the trails in the park. We will submit our GBBC report at he conclusion of the walk. Dress for the weather conditions to be prepared for a walk along the trails in the park. Contact Info: Robin Irizarry: Or Leigh Altadonna: