Fun Things to Do This Weekend (Feb. 17-19)

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Families can get in on the fun of the Great Backyard Bird Count at home or at special events offered at Wake County parks this weekend.

Another beautiful weekend is on the way — and your family can make the most of it by participating in the 20th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, Friday, Feb.17-Monday, Feb. 20. Participants around the country tally the numbers and kinds of birds they see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days between Feb. 17-20. It’s a fun activity for families that also supports organizations that monitor wild bird populations. Learn more about how it works here.

If you’re looking for an organized birding or bird-themed event, Wake County Parks & Recreation has scheduled the following activities. Some programs require preregistration; visit the county’s website for additional information.

Harris Lake County Park

  • Introduction to Bird Watching, 3:30–5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17. All ages. FREE.
  • Harris Lake Bird Walk, 10 a.m.–noon, Saturday, Feb. 18, and 10-11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 20. Ages 4 and older. FREE.
  • GBBC Evening Adventure, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19. All ages. $1 per person.
  • Majestic Eagles, 10-11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 20. Ages 5 and older. $1 per person.
  • Bird Fun, noon-3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20. All ages. FREE.

American Tobacco Trail

Bird Walk along the ATT, 8-10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 17. All ages. FREE.


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Historic Yates Mill County Park

  • Park Tales: The Six Swans, 4-5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17. All ages. FREE.
  • Breakfast with the Birds Hike, 9-10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 18. All ages. FREE.
  • Afternoon Backyard Bird Count, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19. All ages. FREE.
  • Discovery Table: National Birds, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (drop-in), Monday, Feb. 20. All ages. FREE.


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Crowder District Park

  • Discovery Table: Birds of Prey, 1-3 p.m. (drop in), Friday, Feb. 17. All ages. FREE.
  • Afternoon Backyard Bird Count, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18. All ages. FREE.
  • Early Birders, 11 a.m.-noon, Monday, Feb. 20. All ages. FREE.
  • Kids Get Crafty: Bird Bonanza, 1-2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20. All ages. FREE.

Blue Jay Point County Park

Family Wildlife Series: Counting is for the Birds. 10-11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 20. All ages. FREE.

Lake Crabtree County Park

  • Bird Walk, 8:30-10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 17, Saturday, Feb. 18, Sunday, Feb. 19, and Monday, Feb. 20. All ages. FREE.
  • Backyard Bird Basics, noon-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18.  All ages. FREE.


Photo courtesy of Lake Crabtree County Park

 

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