Great American Backyard Bird Count

Mockingbird waiting to be included in the Great Backyard Bird Count on a cold day.

Do you enjoy birdwatching? This is a favorite pasttime of many. Cornell Ornithology Labs and several partners sponsor each year the Great Backyard Bird Count. What is the Bird Count? This is from their web site:

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds.

This activity is like citizen science, and it helps ornithologists learn more about bird populations and their fluctuations from year to year.  The Count starts today, February 17, and goes till Monday, February 20. It is easy to participate, and you can log your observations on the web site, which will put a dot on the US map. So, get your binoculars, a good bird book, and enjoy nature, even if it is from your window. Then add your observations to the GBBC web site!

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