Do the Great Backyard Bird Count

Barred Owl
Photo Credit: Deborah Rivel

Get those binos out, invite your friends,and block 15 minutes of time during at least one day from February 14-17 – its time to participate in this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count!  Join over 160,000 other people around the world taking the time to look for birds and report their findings to Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This citizen science project started in 1998 and has grown to a worldwide event.  It’s great fun to do alone, with friends, or with family. If you have done this in previous years – thank you, and please participate this year! If you are new to the Great Backyard Bird Count, you need to register and read the rules before participating. The info you provide online when you report your sightings, will be used to create a snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.  Since the GBBC is done at exactly the same time each year, this info helps scientists see abundance levels and if birds are moving around. If you are a photographer,there’s also a photo contest! Birds really need your help, and this is a fun and easy way for you to help them. How often does an opportunity arise where you can have fun and do something for birds at the same time?