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Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.
Since then, more than 100,000 people of all ages and walks of life have joined the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.
You’re invited to participate! Simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 12-15, 2016. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world!
If you’re new to the count, first register online, then enter your checklist. If you have already participated in another Cornell Lab citizen-science project, you can use your existing login.
In 2015, Great Backyard Bird Count participants in more than 100 countries counted 5,090 species of birds on more than 147,000 checklists! During the count, you can explore what others are seeing in your area or around the world. Share your bird photos by entering the photo contest, or enjoy images pouring in from across the globe.
Don’t want to bird alone? No problem: join the Field Trip with New Hope Audubon Society on Saturday, February 13 at TLC’s Brumley Forest Nature Preserve!
Think Valentine’s Day is for the birds? Great, join New Hope Audubon Society for a birding field trip on Sunday, February 14 at TLC’s Brumley Forest Nature Preserve in Orange County.
Tom Driscoll, President of the New Hope Audubon Society, will lead the field trip. Participants should meet at the Oak Creek Village Shopping Center, 4600 Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC at 7:30 AM or make other arrangements with Tom. Plan on returning between 12 and 1 PM. If you plan to attend or have questions, then please contact Tom at email@example.com.
This trip also takes place during the Great Backyard Bird Count, an online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. In 2015, Great Backyard Bird Count participants in more than 100 countries counted 5,090 species of birds on more than 147,000 checklists! During the count, you can explore what others are seeing in your area or around the world. Share your bird photos by entering the photo contest, or enjoy images pouring in from across the globe. Learn more about participating in the GBBC.
Come join an REI Outdoor School Instructor and other couples this Valentine’s Day on a hike in one of The Triangle’s best hiking areas, TLC’s Johnston Mill Nature Preserve! The REI instructors will introduce you to this local natural gem, teach you a few tips for making hiking more comfortable, and help you hike at your own pace.
Thirty-three years ago (our Founder’s Day is February 17, 1983) TLC officially became a recognized organization, and we’ve been hard at work conserving land ever since. For that, we deserve a trophy! Come celebrate with us at Trophy Brewing & Taproom on Maywood Avenue in Raleigh on February 19, the week of our founding! Join us for a brewery tour at 5:30pm and learn from the brew masters how the entire brewing process begins with clean water. Then, experience for yourself what beer brewed with water from a TLC protected watershed tastes like with one free tasting of Trophy beers brewed on the premises. Light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will also be provided.
Space is limited so reserve your free spot now!
Volunteers will receive t-shirts and snacks courtesy of REI!
Trail Crew volunteers assist with stewardship of TLC properties approximately one Saturday per month throughout the year.
On this workday, volunteers will help prepare Brumley Forest Nature Preserve for its Fall 2016 public opening. Tasks may include building trails, constructing railing on boardwalks, demolishing an old dock, removing invasive species, etc. This workday is being supported by our friends at REI. REI will be providing goodies, including t-shirts and snacks for participating volunteers!
Volunteers should be six years of age of older and minors must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. Please register below so we have an approximate head count!
Come join an REI Outdoor School Instructor for a guided night hike at one of the area’s best hiking venues, TLC’s Horton Grove Nature Preserve! Night hiking is a unique experience that everyone should experience. The sparkling stars and dark woods are a perfect complement to each other. Some hiking experience is recommended for this activity. Allow REI to make sure you have the most enjoyable and educational outing possible!
- Learn about local venues that are particularly suited to night hiking
- Learn tips and techniques to have a safe, enjoyable night hike
- Take in the different sights afforded by night cover
Meet Dr. Robin Moore, award-winning National Geographic photographer and author of In Search of Lost Frogs: The Quest to Find the World’s Rarest Amphibians at this Disappearing Frogs Project event. You’re invited to meet conservation biologist, amphibian specialist, and nature photographer Dr. Robin Moore as he gives a unique personal presentation blending science and art to explore our connection with amphibians. In 2010, Moore spearheaded 2010 The Search for Lost Frogs, a campaign that sent more than 30 teams into 20 countries in search of frogs, salamanders and caecilians unseen in decades. Free admission. Light refreshments. Learn more about the Disappearing Frogs Project.
It may be cold outside, but spring is coming and so is Triangle Land Conservancy’s Wild Ideas for Getting Outside. Local outdoor adventurers will share their tips, tricks, and wildest outdoor exploits in the Triangle through rapid-fire imagery and storytelling on March 9 at The Frontier in Research Triangle Park.
Save YOUR spot by registering below for free!
Registration and drinks start at 5:30 and at 6:00pm, Joe Miller, author, Chief Exploration Officer of GetGoingNC.com and former News & Observer Outdoor reporter, will kick off the stories. Our featured presenters include:
Chad Pickens, Great Outdoor Provision Company
Following the presentations and a Q&A, participants can enjoy FREE food and beer during an Outdoor Expo. Organizations at the Expo will include:
- Center for Human-Earth Restoration (CHER)
- Clean Jordan Lake
- Conservation Trust for North Carolina
- Creek Week Durham
- Durham Parks & Rec Outdoor Recreation and City Lakes unit
- Eno River Association
- Frog Hollow Outdoors
- Great Outdoor Provision Company
- Green Burial Ideas
- Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co.
- Hike It Baby
- LYF SUP
- Mountains-to-Sea Trail
- Piedmont Wildlife Center
- Raleigh Parks & Rec Adventure Program
- Schoolhouse of Wonder
- Simply Kayaking
- TORC (Triangle Off-Road Cyclists)
- Trailhead News
- What SUP Triangle?
Learn more about our ongoing Wild Ideas series and past events.
This event is also generously sponsored by:
Durham Creek Week provides dozens of opportunities for residents to discover and explore local streams and lakes through educational programs and recreational activities, and to do their part to protect waterways through volunteer projects. Creek Week is a collaboration of City, state, and nonprofit organizations that manage, monitor, and protect area waterways. Learn all about this year’s Creek Week events at keepdurhambeautiful.org.
On Saturday, March 12 from 9am to Noon, join Clean Jordan Lake as a volunteer to help intercept trash before it gets to the shoreline. This is a new initiative to complement our Adopt-A-Feeder Stream Program. The cleanup is part of the City of Durham’s Annual Creek Week, a time to discover and clean up Durham’s waterways. Volunteers will clean the banks of New Hope Creek just above where it enters the NC Wildlife Resources Commission’s New Hope Waterfowl Impoundment. They will meet at the Waterfowl Impoundment parking area off NC 54 just west of Garrett Road. Event details and RSVP are at meetup.com/helpcleanjordanlake.
Meet Clean Jordan Lake representatives and learn more about this event at TLC’s free Wild Ideas for Getting Outside on Wednesday, March 9.