Love Birds? Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count!

This special weekend is for the birds and the people who love them!

If you love birds, there’s a special weekend coming up so you can show it. The Great Backyard Bird Count, held annually one weekend in February, is a way to engage bird watchers of all ages to document bird populations in real time. Because these populations are always changing, this allows researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society to get a better understanding of how wild birds are doing around the world, and how to protect them and their environment.

Backyard Bird Count Dates in 2025

February 14-17

What is it?
Participants are asked to simply count birds for as little as 15 minutes on one single day, or all of the four-days, and report their sightings.

Who Can Participate?
Anyone can take part in this fun, free event, from beginner bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world during the four days of the event.

To get started, visit

Each year, more than 160,000 participants submit their bird observations online, creating a large instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations. View the results from 2023.

Have fun! This event is a great way to add purpose to your love of backyard bird watching.

Join The Discussion!

Will you participate? How many birds do you think you will see? (See 2023 results.)

Let us know in the comments below?

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