If you love birds, this weekend is a perfect way to 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 researches 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.
Dates in 2021
What is it?
Participants are asked to 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.
Simply follow these steps:
1. Register on Bird Count.
2. Click on the “Get Started” tab at the top menu.
3. Complete your checklist (which explains how and when to count birds — located under the “Tools to Get Started” section) and submit it back to the GBBC web site.
Last year, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.
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Have fun! This event is a great way to add purpose to your love of backyard bird watching.