The 2022 NC Bird Count is part of the Great Backyard Bird Count and takes place Friday, February 18 through Monday, February 21. You can participate anywhere in North Carolina!
How to Participate
- Find a place to watch birds! Visit a favorite local birding hotspot or watch the feeder in your own backyard.
- Watch birds for at least 15 minutes. Make a checklist recording the total number of every bird that you see or hear that you know how to identify.
- Submit your checklist to the NC Bird Atlas through the eBird website or app, available for Android and Apple!
New to eBird? Check out our Quick Guide to eBird! It will walk you through how to use the smartphone app and website to submit your checklists to the NC Bird Atlas.
Find a Local Event
You can get involved in the NC Bird Count anywhere in the state. Participate on your own or join one of the many in person and virtual programs offered by our collaborative.
Check out our program listing to find a program near you!
Earn the NC Bird Count Badge!
You can earn a custom embroidered badge by participating in the NC Bird Count! Follow these steps to claim yours:
- Register for the NC Bird Count Online
- Attend an in-person or virtual program. See the calendar above for a complete list of programs!
- Complete a minimum of 5 checklists (at least 15 minutes per checklist) and make sure you are sharing data with the North Carolina Bird Atlas in the eBird app. Check out our Quick Guide for information on how to share your data with the NC Bird Atlas.
- Report your participation and claim your badge!
Are you a formal educator who would like to get your students involved in the NC Bird Count? Check out our educator guide for ideas for how to tie the event to your standards!