Are you ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count? It’s only a few days away!
The 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is Friday, February 16 to Monday, February 19. This worldwide citizen science project is organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in partnership with the National Audubon Society.
Participating is easy as 1-2-3!
- Pick any location.
- Spend at least 15 minutes in that location and count as many birds as you can.
- Submit your findings on ebird.org
And voilà! You just had tons of fun and helped scientists at the same time!
Wait…how did you help scientists?
The data that you submit on eBird is used by scientists to keep track of bird populations in real time. The count takes place in February so ornithologists can see where birds are before spring migration occurs. The data collected also helps them understand how weather/climate change/diseases affect the timing of migration and to observe the avian biodiversity in different habitats around the world. As data builds up each year, scientists are able to compare how populations have been influenced over a longer period of time.
In 2017, birders from over 100 countries reported more than 6,200 species of birds in the 4-day period. That’s over half of the world’s bird species!
I can’t wait to see what the 2018 GBBC brings. I will be reporting the findings of our bird count throughout the weekend as I have done in past years. I hope you’ll join me and the thousands of other birders this weekend for this awesome event!
Find out more at gbbc.birdcount.org. Let me know in the comments if you plan to participating!