2015-02-05 / Nature

Great Backyard Bird Count

Dark-eyed Junco Dark-eyed Junco The 18th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be held Feb. 13-16. It is a joint project between the American Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University. People of all ages and all levels of bird watching are invited to join this free activity and enter the photo contest.

Tens of thousands participate annually across the United States and last year’s GBBC gathered over 144,000 reports from entrants. Bird counts can be taken anywhere, including backyards, balconies, local parks, nature refuges and sanctuaries, and it is a wonderful way for more experienced birders to introduce children, grandchildren, youth groups, and others to the captivating world of birds. There is no time limit on observations, whether it’s for 15 minutes or for several hours; the object is to record bird populations and enjoy the natural world.

It is easy to participate, enter data, and explore results online at birdcount.org.

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