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Monthly Photo Contest

Submit your bird shots!

The arboretum is seeking photographers
of all ages to participate in our monthly,
seasonal photography contest.

Click here for rules and information.

Bird Blog

Monthly Photo Contest

Monthly Photo Contest Starting January 2013, the arboretum is seeking photographers of all ages to participate in our monthly, seasonal pictures photo contest. The contest is not limited to the beautiful grounds and flowers; we encourage you to submit any images you capture of our feathered friends. For rules and submission information, please visit our contest page.

Good Luck and Happy Birding!

Spotted a bird?

Did you spot a bird or two while out for a wintry walk through the arboretum? Let us know and Report a Sighting!. Didn't quite catch your an avian fellow? Stop by the pond and I'm sure you'll get to meet a few friendly (and always hungry for a snack) residents.

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University is a birding hotspot on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail system Lost Shoe Loop.


Welcome to the Birds of the Arboretum website, an online bird catalogue of the avian species that can be found in the EJC Arboretum. This website is a collaborative effort with JMU, EMU, and the Rockingham County Bird Club and will encompass the 113 identified species of birds found in the arboretum.

This website and the data collection is still in progress and updates will be posted on a regular basis; so please excuse anything that you find that is empty or incomplete.

Database Entry Status

Contributor: Diane Lepkowski

Major Photo Contributors:
Greg Moyers, Tom Lord, Diane Lepkowski, Frank Doherty, Benjamin Shirkey, Lynn Whitmore, Marshall Faintich, Theresa Sullivan

Birds of the Arboretum

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Photo by Diane Lepkowski

Rufous-sided Towhee

Rufous-sided Towhee
Photo by Theresa Sullivan

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow
Photo by Marshall Faintich

Summer Tanager

Summer Tanager
Photo by Greg Moyers