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Parks and Recreation

Bird Education and Programs at Warner Park Nature Center

a hawk in flight with wings spread wide

Bird programs are offered year-round for all ages and interest levels. Owl prowls at night, early morning bird counts with the Nashville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society, migration hikes, summer breeding bird hikes, programs on specific species like bluebirds, hummingbirds, vultures and woodcocks--we are ready to celebrate the "Year of the Bird" with you!

Bird-related programs and events, festivals and bird banding sessions are offered throughout the spring. Bird programs are available to groups on a limited basis. Contact the nature center at 615-862-8555 or

A great way to learn more about birds is to visit the Nature Center campus and explore the pond, gardens, bird feeding stations and take a hike on the Hungry Hawk Trail. Visit the Leaning Center and pick up a bird checklist, explore the new bird exhibit , and talk to a naturalist. Another good way to learn more is to volunteer to help with bird programs and projects. You can pick up at volunteer application at the front desk!

Celebrate the "Year of the Bird" this spring

Blooming wildflowers and trees in the forests signal the beginning of spring in Tennessee. Listen for our resident cardinals and woodpeckers, and keep your eyes open for returning warblers, purple martins, and other neo-tropical migrants. Grab a pair of binoculars from the Learning Center for your hike, and join naturalists on hikes throughout March, April, and May.

The National Audubon Society, National Geographic Society, and Cornell Lab of Ornithology have partnered to celebrate 2018 at the "Year of Bird" in honor of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Join Nature Center staff and BIRD researchers for programs all year long.

Spring Bird Celebration and International Migratory Bird Day

Warner Park Nature Center will host a Spring Bird Celebration on Saturday, April 28. Look for hikes and programs about specific feathered friends all day, and activities and exhibits around the campus grounds. More information to come about this free event.