The Audubon Society’s Great Backyard Bird Count begins next Friday, February 17. This annual four day event is a great way to plug into a natural science study with your family, learn more about the birds in your area, and become citizen scientists.
To participate, simply create an account at the Great Backyard Bird Count site, and spend at least 15 minutes in your own backyard, between February 17-20, counting the birds you see. Then log into your account and report your sightings. Anyone can take part — from beginning bird watchers to experts — from any backyard, anywhere in the world.
Every report that’s submitted during the Great Backyard Bird Count helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. According to the Audubon Society website, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird observations online last year, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.
For more information, visit http://www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count
For more detailed instructions and educational resources, visit http://gbbc.birdcount.org/get-started/