Join in on local bird counts

Bucktoe Bird Blitz

Highlighted Bird Count:
Kite and Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve

Daily, May 17 – June 6, 3pm – 8pm
Adults only
Free! Just show up
Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve

Join leader Larry Lewis each evening to watch for migrant shorebirds heading to the arctic as they fly in dramatic flocks overhead to the far northern breeding grounds. Sometimes, Mississippi Kites zip past and give us a show as well, plus on any given night, see as many as 50 species from our beautiful overlook in a gorgeous meadow. Bring a picnic, your favorite beverage, and join us on this fun and friendly nightly event.

 

Find 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

Bird-a-thon

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

More upcoming bird counts and birding programs

Results
Call (302) 239-2334 to register.

8 Session Series: Learn to create wildlife habitat in residential gardens. Six evenings and two Saturdays includng garden visits. Some homework.

Dates: March through September.
Members: $65, Others: $85
Meets at Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707

View the Class Schedule
03/22/2017 - 09/13/2017
6:00PM - 8:30PM
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Animals, Birding, Botany, Conservation, Insects, series
W17010AS
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 certified. School teachers can receive 60 hours of in-service credit.

View the Class Schedule

Members: $200, Others: $250
Meets at Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707 (unless otherwise noted)
03/23/2017 - 09/23/2017
12:00AM - 12:00AM
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Animals, Birding, Botany, Conservation, Insects, series
W17009AS
Sundays, 8 - 11 am (April - May)

Take a guided walk around the Bucktoe Creek Preserve to enjoy the diverse birdlife of this private 300-acre nature preserve near Kennett Square, PA. This program is sponsored by a private donor. Led by Bucktoe Creek Preserve Birding Team

Meets at Bucktoe Creek Preserve 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311

No pre-registration required, just show up!
04/01/2017 - 05/31/2017
at: Bucktoe Creek Preserve
age: Adult
Birding, Free, Visitation
V17600BK
Tuesdays, April 4 thru May 30, 8 - 10 am

Join a guided walk at this top birding hotspot. Songbirds concentrate here to feast on the food provided by native vegetation planted through our 25-year reforestation project. Meets at the end of Middle Run driveway off of Possum Hollow Road. Sponsored by New Castle County. Led by Middle Run Birding Team

Meets at Middle Run Natural Area. Directions at: DelNature.org/MiddleRun

No Pre-Registration required. Just show up!
04/01/2017 - 05/31/2017
8:00AM - 10:00AM
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Birding, Free, Visitation
V17601AS
Every Thursday, April 6 - Jun 8, 8:30 to 10 am

Enjoy the spring 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!
04/06/2017 - 06/08/2017
at: Abbotts Mill
age: Adult
Birding, Free, Visitation
V17372AM
Daily, May 17 to June 6, 3pm-8pm
Free! Just show up.

Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy scanning the skies for migratory shorebirds that are leaving the Delaware Bay are, and taking flight to their arctic breeding grounds. The excitement of seeing thousands of shorebirds in flight, knowing they have thousands of miles to go before they nest, is impressive. Also, this is the time to see Mississippi Kites and perhaps a Swallow-tailed Kite as they overshoot their breeding grounds further south. Come enjoy this beautiful location, and the possibility of seeing some great birds. Meets at Bucktoe Creek Preserve 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311

05/01/2017 - 06/06/2017
6:00AM - 12:00PM
at: Bucktoe Creek Preserve
age: Adult
Birding, Free, Visitation
V17614BK
Friday, June 2, 5:30 - 7:30pm

There are many ways to enjoy the natural world. However learning about and interacting with wild creatures may be one of the best. Join naturalist extraordinaire Jim White in exploring the diverse habitats of the Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge. Participate in an illustrated and hands-on program that will take you deep into the fascinating world of the refuge's wild residents. Dogfish beer and snacks provided.

The refuge supports a vast array of creatures that live in and on the water. We will look for frogs, turtles and even snakes, and collect and identify as many fish species as possible. Come help attempt to catch the notorious Snakehead fish.

Members: $15, Others: $30 per session
Meets at DuPont Environmental Education Center, 1400 Delmarva Lane, Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 656-1490
06/02/2017 - 06/02/2017
5:30PM - 7:30PM
at: DuPont Environmental Education Center
age: Adult 21+
Series, Birding, Hiking, Insects
W17204DC
Series of classes June - December

A club for past participants of the Delaware Nature Society's Naturalist Certification Series. Members: $125, Others:
Meets at Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707 (unless otherwise noted)
06/10/2017 - 12/03/2017
12:00AM - 12:00AM
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Animals, Birding, Botany, Conservation, Insects, series
U17002AS
Saturday, June 10, 7:30 - 11:30 am

Explore the unique Runnymede Sanctuary near Cochranville, Pennsylvania, in search of specialty grassland birds like Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlarks. Bring your camera for photo opportunities as we hike through the extensive fields at this managed property. Van transportation provided. Led by Ian Stewart

Members: $20, Others: $25
Meets at: Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707
06/10/2017 - 06/10/2017
7:30AM - 11:30AM
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Birding
U17010AS
Friday, July 7, 5:30 - 7:30pm

There are many ways to enjoy the natural world. However learning about and interacting with wild creatures may be one of the best. Join naturalist extraordinaire Jim White in exploring the diverse habitats of the Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge. Participate in an illustrated and hands-on program that will take you deep into the fascinating world of the refuge's wild residents. Dogfish beer and snacks provided.

Freshwater marshes have many rare and interesting insects. We will search for beetles, butterflies, dragonflies and lesser known types of insects such as collembolans and scorpion flies. Try your hand at catching these animals - nets and other collecting equipment will be provided.

Members: $15, Others: $30 per session
Meets at DuPont Environmental Education Center, 1400 Delmarva Lane, Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 656-1490
07/07/2017 - 07/07/2017
5:30PM - 7:30PM
at: DuPont Environmental Education Center
age: Adult 21+
Series, Birding, Hiking, Insects
W17205DC