2016-01-14 / Nature

The Great Backyard Bird Count

By Jack Kelly


Red-bellied woodpecker, displaying the faded blush on his belly plumage, feeds on suet. (Photos by Jack Kelly) Red-bellied woodpecker, displaying the faded blush on his belly plumage, feeds on suet. (Photos by Jack Kelly) The 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), will be held Feb.12-15. This 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 experience are invited to join this free activity and enter the event’s photo contest. Tens of thousands participate across the United States annually, including school groups, scout troops, and others. Last year’s GBBC gathered over 150,000 reports from entrants.

Bird counts can be taken anywhere, including backyards, balconies, fire escapes, parks, beaches, sanctuaries and refuges. 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.


A female and male northern cardinal. A female and male northern cardinal. It is easy to participate, enter data, and explore results at gbbc.birdcount.org.

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