Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages.  By counting birds in real-time, we can create a snapshot of winter bird populations!

This year, anyone visiting the GBBC website will be able to see bird observations pouring in from around the world and contribute their own tallies. Global participation will be made possible thanks to eBird, a real-time online checklist program that the Cornell Lab and Audubon are integrating into the GBBC for the first time this year. The GBBC is open to anyone of any skill level and welcomes bird observations from any location, including backyards, national parks, gardens, wetlands, and urban landscapes. The four-day count typically receives sightings from tens of thousands of people reporting more than 600 bird species in the United States and Canada alone.

The top 10 from 2012:
1)   Northern Cardinal
2)   Mourning Dove
3)   Dark-eyed Junco
4)   Downy Woodpecker
5)   American Crow
6)   House Finch
7)   American Goldfinch
8)   Blue Jay
9)   Black-capped Chickadee
10) Tufted Titmouse

Friday, Feb 15 to Monday, Feb 18

What to do:
Count birds for as little as 15 minutes or as long as you wish.
Participate on one day to all four days.  Do what you want and can do!
Anyone can participate - from beginners to experts.

Where to report:
Report your sightings with others at birdcount.org.

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a joint partnership between Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, with Bird Studies Canada as its official Canadian partner.

Click here for more info from Audubon.

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