Lorraine Brown speaks to the SGC about her many experiences as an international birder.

Backyard Birds

Lorraine Brown, an international birder and member of the Carolina Bird Club and the Greenvillle County Bird Club   treated the Simpsonville Garden Club to a wonderful introduction to the world of birding at the club's monthly meeting on January 17, 2017.  Ms. Brown's lecture on books, field guides and other birding resources provided timely preparation for the upcoming 2017 20th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count that will take place internationally from February 17 to February 20th.


​Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.

Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.

The public is invited to participate. For at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 17-20, 2017, you simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world, for as long as you wish
​. For more information  go to birdcount.org.


​Ms. Brown brought along her collection of field guides and  books that help birders identify birds in the wild.  Among her recommended sources were:

  • The Smithsonian's Birds of North America
  • National Geographic's ​Complete Birds of North Americas
  • The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior


Websites she recommended include:


Ms. Brown credits her father for her interest in birding.  She's travelled extensively in both the U.S. and abroad, most recently in Australia and estimated she has probably viewed between 2,000 and 3,000 species of birds in her travels and her own backyard here in South Carolina. Ms. Brown is rarely without her binocular close at hand.