This month you have the opportunity to participate in the Twelfth Annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) which links citizens with scientist in an effort to collect important data about backyard birds.
The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.
Don't forget to count the birds February 13-16!
Count for FUN! Count for the FUTURE!
It's easy to participate
1. Visit www.birdcount.org
for easy-to-follow instructions, including tips for identifying bird species.Download the checklist for your area.
2. Count the birds you see, wherever you choose to count. Write down the highest number of individuals you see at one time-that way you will avoid counting any bird twice.
3. After at least 15 minutes of watching in one place, report your results online at www.birdcount.org
. (You can spend more time observing if you prefer).
4. You can repeat your count at the same place on each day of the Great Backyard Bird Count. You can also visit other locations and submit separate tallies for those areas as well.
Now in its 12th year, the Great Backyard Bird Count attempts to obtain a snapshot of bird activity throughout North America. Scientists use the information gathered to study bird population trends and migration patterns. Researchers combine the data collected nationwide and use it to help with bird conservation efforts.