Update: The Backyard Bird Count is annual, so the links below still work. I hope you’ll participate in the next one!
It’s not every day we get to help researchers, but this 4-day weekend we can. It’s time for the Great Backyard Bird Count! Below are some birds in our area. Our children love counting them and I love photographing them! All you’ll have to give is 15 minutes of your time to count the birds, and a few minutes to log your findings.
Here are some of the birds I photographed in our Gulf Coast backyard (and the seagulls at the bayfront):
Today through Monday, February 17-20, you are invited to help researchers identify where birds are located by simply sitting down for 15 minutes (anywhere in the US & Canada) and counting the birds you see. With the information on the form, identifying birds is pretty easy, too!
Here is more from the creators of the GBBC:
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 and in Hawaii. 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.
How to Get Involved: Visit the Great Backyard Bird Count site; go to the Educator Page for more on how to get your classroom & students involved; visit the kids’ page for learning activities on birds.
Yes! Thank you so much for sharing!
We love bird watching as a family I am so excited about this
Thank you so much for this find!
I am so excited about this! I have heard of it before, but never knew how to participate.
While I was on their site, I saw a link to eBird.org, which allows you to count birds throughout the year. I’m going to do that, too.
Thank you, Lori!
Lori Seaborg says
Thank you for the information on counting year-round! My bird-counting is a rather random thing — I'd like to have an excuse to do it outside of the GBBC days!