Birding the Battlefield

Second Annual Birding the Battlefields count!

In addition to being some of our nation’s most sacred ground, America’s Civil War-related national parks are also a haven for birds and other wildlife.  For the second year in a row,  NPCA is teaming up with birders participating in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count to find birds at Civil War parks all across the country. 

Birders will record their findings at 28 separate parks across the country, including battlefields at Gettysburg and Antietam, forts in Florida and Texas, industrial sites in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, and many more.  While the majority of the fighting in the Civil War took place in the mid-Atlantic and mid-South, the entire country was involved.   NPCA’s “Birding the Battlefields” project highlights the geographic diversity of our Civil War-related national parks – and all the different species of birds found there!

In 2011, Birding the Battlefields counters found an incredible 183 different species at Civil War-related National Parks across the country.  Can we beat that tally this year?

Click on the pins in the map below to learn more about parks participating in “Birding the Battlefields.”


View NPCA Birding the Battlefields - Christmas Bird Counts 2012 in a larger map

Click on the 2011 map to see the results of the count!


View NPCA Birding the Battlefields - Christmas Bird Counts 2011 in a larger map

Into birding? Check out NPCA’s free Field Guide to 50 of our National Parks app for iPhone. The app includes three of the parks on the map above: Gettysburg National Military Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and Gulf Islands National Seashore!

This interactive field guide includes all the birds and bird calls you can find at these parks, and also includes plants, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, threatened and endangered species, poisonous and dangerous species and some park information. Download it free today to your iPhone.

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