Join in on local bird counts

Our upcoming bird counts and other birding programs


Series of classes March - September

Whether you are just beginning your interest in nature, or wish to gain greater depth of understanding of local ecosystems, take advantage of this spring through fall course! Learn about the ecology of the Piedmont region and the flora and fauna that reside here during eight lectures and field trips led by experts. Each participant will complete a field and classroom notebook to become a certified naturalist.School teachers can receive 60 hours of in-service credit.

View the Class Schedule

Members: $200, Others: $255
Meets at Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707 (unless otherwise noted)

03/14/2018 - 09/29/2018
7:00PM - 9:00PM
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Animals, Birding, Botany, Conservation, Insects, Series
Call (302) 239-2334 to register.

Session Series: June through September, 1 pm - 5 p

Learn how to help others create wildlife habitat gardens. Topics include site analysis, plant selection, design for happy critters and neighbors, and wildlife-friendly gardening practices. Four afternoons, one Saturday and one evening. Course includes garden visits and a resource notebook. Some homework required for NWF certification.

Class #1: Wednesday June 13: Ashland, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Class #2: Wednesday June 27, Ashland, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Class #3: Wednesday July 11 DEEC, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Class #4: Saturday July 21 rain date July 28, Newark - a Certified Habitat Community, 9:00am-4:00pm
Class #5: Wednesday August 15, Ashland, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Graduation, garden tour & potluck dinner: Wed Sep 12, TBD, 6:00pm - 8:30 pm

Members: $75, Others: $95
Meets at Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707

06/13/2018 - 09/12/2018
1:00PM - 5:00PM
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Animals, Birding, Botany, Conservation, Insects, Series
Thursday, June 21, 6pm - 8 pm

Registration is required. Please call 302-239-2334 to register.
Celebrate the beginning of summer by grabbing your binoculars and boarding the Riverfront Taxi for a birding adventure! Search for Great Blue Herons, Egrets, Ospreys and other animals, while learning about the rich history of the Wilmington waterfront. Meets at Dravo Plaza which is located on Justison Street next to the Shipyard Shops in Wilmington's Riverfront district. Led by Dakin Hewlett and Sally O'Byrne.

Members: $15, Others: $20
Meets at Dravo Plaza, Dupont Environmental Education Center, 1400 Delmarva Lane, Wilmington, DE (302) 656-1490
06/21/2018 - 06/21/2018
6:00PM - 8:00PM
at: DuPont Environmental Education Center
age: Adult
Water, Birding
Are you an active 20 or 30 something looking to explore your adventurous side? Meet other young adults as we hike, paddle, explore, and enjoy happy hours! Our club runs monthly trips for people of all skill levels.
Pack a lunch or bring food to grill and join us for a picnic at Ashland. After food and games cool off and enjoy an afternoon tubing on the Brandywine River. Bring your own tube or rent ours for $5.

Sunday, July 15, noon - 4 pm
Members: $15, Others: $20
Meets at Ashland Nature Center, 3511 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin DE
07/15/2018 - 07/15/2018
12:00PM - 4:00PM
at: Ashland
age: Adult 21+
Birding, Cooking, Hiking, Hunting/Fishing, Kayaking/Canoeing, Outdoor Skills, Water
Thursdays, Sept 13 - Oct 15, 8:30am - 10am

Enjoy the autumn season as we walk the trails in search of resident and migratory birds. Learn basic bird identification skills while exploring the stream, forests, and field habitats of Abbott’s and the Milford Millponds Nature Preserve. Binoculars available for use. Led by Alice Mohrman

Meets at Abbott's Mill, 15411 Abbott's Pond Road, Milford, DE, 19963 (302) 422-0847
No pre-registration required. Just show up!
09/13/2018 - 10/15/2018
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Birding, Free, Visitation

All local annual bird counts

Great Backyard Bird Count

2nd weekend in February
A four day count you can do in your backyard or anywhere on earth.
Location: Anywhere on earth

Spring Roundup

2nd Saturday in May
One-day count of birds in Delaware. Throughout the state, with regional leaders in charge of various state sections.
Location: Anywhere in DE
Join in: visit Delmarva Ornithological Society

Fort Delaware Wading Bird Count

Monthly, spring – early summer
Stationary count of herons and egrets flying to and from Pea Patch Island conducted from the Delaware City Waterfront.
Location: Delaware City Waterfront
Join in: visit Delmarva Ornithological Society


Early May
Fundraiser for the Delmarva Ornithology to provide money for shorebird habitat acquisition in Delaware.
Location: Statewide
Join in: visit Delmarva Ornithological Society

June Challenge

Entire month of June
Individual contest to see the most birds in a county.
Location: anywhere in DE
Join in: visit Delmarva Ornithological Society

Big Sit

2nd weekend in Oct
A competition to see or hear the most bird species from one spot.
Location: DNS runs big sits at DEEC, Ashland, and Bucktoe. Another one occurs at Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Join in: Join our Big Sit (posted on this page late summer) or find more Big Sit bird counts

Sea Watch

Monthly, October – March
Stationary count of migrating seabirds
Location: Indian River Inlet
Join in: visit Delmarva Ornithological Society

Hawk Watch

Daily, September – November
Stationary count sites established to count migrating raptors
Location: Ashland Nature Center and Cape Henlopen State Park
Join in: visit our Hawk Watch or find more hawk watches

Christmas Bird Counts

Mid-December – early January
Bird surveys within several 15-mile diameter circles within Delaware.
Location: Wilmington, Middletown, Bombay Hook, Milford, Seaford, Cape Henlopen, and Rehoboth in DE Join in: visit Delmarva Ornithological Society