Madison Residents Can Participate in the 2019 Great Backyard Bird Count

Not all birds around Madison are “snowbirds”. 

Once again, Connecticut residents are charged with counting birds this winter! The 2019 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) takes place Friday, February 15, through Monday, February 18, 2019. Held annually in February, people around throughout the country are asked to spend 15 minutes in your own backyard or another location counting birds. 

Did you know? There are Bird Watching Hot Spots in Connecticut where locals have reported seeing the greatest variety of bird species. 

Bird Watching Hotspots near Madison are:

HotSpot#Species
Hammonasset Beach SP53
Hammonasset Beach SP--Moraine Trail24
Durham Meadows--Frederick White Farm23
Hammonasset Beach SP--Meig's Point22
Old Lyme -- Smith Neck Road Boat Ramp17
Branford Supply Ponds16
Deep River Landing16
Hammonasset Beach SP--Willard's Island16
Clinton Town Beach15
Fort Saybrook Monument Park13
North Cove13
Guilford -- Shell Beach12

Not only is this a fun family activity that enhances your understanding of birds, but the GBBC provides the National Audubon Society with an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds. Participant's findings are reported online at birdcount.org to Cornell University’s Laboratory of Ornithology and aid research on where bird species are spending the winter.

Connecticut’s top ten Bird Watching Hotspots by the number of species reported are:

HotSpot #Species
Sherwood Island State Park 66
Hammonasset Beach SP 53
Fort Trumbull 42
Barn Island WMA 41
Greenwich Point Park 39
Boyd Woods Audubon 35
Bantam Lake 32
Silver Sands SP 31
Station 43 31
Cove Island Wildlife Sanctuary 30

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Connecticut Audubon Society reports that more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the GBBC each year.

Audubon Connecticut, a leader in bird conservation throughout the state, has a host of information about GBBC as well as local  Audubon centers in Southbury, Greenwich, and Sharon, Connecticut.

Audubon Connecticut is featuring GBBC events in Bethel, Greenwich, and Southbury. Please check the events calendar for events taking place at Audubon Connecticut centers.

Learn more about the 2019 GBBC online here.

*Image art by Charlie Harper. Image courtesy GBBC.