Birdwatching: A Park Bird List!
Are you an experienced birdwatcher? New to birdwatching? Either way, Glen Providence Park is a great place to enjoy the hobby… George and Eleanor Butler did donate the park in 1935 as a Bird Sanctuary and Arboretum, after all!
From the park’s beginning, its visitors have delighted in bird watching. We found lists of birds seen in the park in 1936 and 1944, with newspaper articles recounting how nature clubs, school classes, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, families and ornithologists visited the park to watch its birds and wildlife. And we have even found records from birdwatchers in 1889 and 1905, when the park was called Scroggie Valley!
the Glen Providence Park Bird List!
We entered this historical data on eBird.org, a joint project of The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon. We added our own observations, which, combined with those entered by another birder, created a Glen Providence Park Bird List– a database of birds in the park covering over 100 years!
As of today, there are 57 species documented, and we are just getting started. As the list is maintained, it will be a seasonal reference for what species to expect in the park- you can view the list by year, month or season!
Help us out!
Do you have records of birds you have spotted in the park in past years? Add them to eBird! You can create an account and enter your past and ongoing sightings (those that you can positively identify). It’s a way to contribute to science and conservation as a citizen scientist!
Don’t want to join e-Bird? We can help enter your data- just email us at friendsoftheglenATgmail.com. Are your parents or grandparents birders? Ask if they have bird journals with sightings in Glen Providence Park! It would be amazing to have even more entries in our archival sightings.
Check the Glen Providence Park Bird List periodically to see how we are doing!
Enjoy birdwatching in the park!