Great Backyard Bird Count Goes Global
Citizen Scientists Needed
The Backyard Bird Count is an opportunity for citizen scientists to help researchers by spending a few minutes next weekend counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. It’s as easy as looking out your window for 15 minutes or going for a walk at a local park.
People of all ages and skill levels can participate. You do not need to be an expert to contribute. Even if you can only identify the common birds you can still take part in the count.
Count Is Now International
From the GBBC Press Release:
For the first time, anyone anywhere in the world with Internet access can participate in the 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) February 15-18. Participants simply watch birds at any location for at least 15 minutes, tally the numbers of each species they see, and report their tallies online at www.BirdCount.org. The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon, with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada.
It probably goes without saying that I will be counting birds next weekend. I expect to see most of the usual suspects like the House Finches, above, who will no doubt stop at my backyard feeder, or the Robin, who I often see on walks in the park. Another backyard favorite is the Goldfinch, below, and last week’s winter favorite, the Dark-eyed Junco.
Several species of woodpecker also show up regularly at my feeders, the most frequent is the little Downy Woodpecker, below.
And of course, everyone’s favorite, the Cardinal.
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