The Great Backyard Bird Count is a 4 day event held every year in February. Bird watchers from across the world are asked to count and report the birds they see to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. Everyone is welcome—from beginning bird watchers to experts. You can count birds anywhere you find them --in your yard, your neighborhood, out on a walk, or at any of your favorite birding spots. Take as little as 15 minutes on one day or make it a whole weekend of birding. The steps are easy:
- Create a GBBC account. This applies to anyone who has never participated in a GBBC or has does not have an eBird account. Two ways to set up a GBBC account: Do it now through eBird or wait until Feb. 14 and create your account on the GBBC website. You can use the same login name and password for both projects.
- Count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC. Create a separate list for each day, for each location, or for the same location at different times.
- Enter your results on the GBBC website by clicking "Submit Your Bird Checklist" on the home page. If you already use eBird, please continue using eBird to submit your sightings but be sure to enter at least one checklist during the GBBC weekend!
Scientists will use the information, along with observations from other citizen-science projects, such as the Christmas Bird Count, Project FeederWatch, and eBird, to get the “big picture” about what is happening to bird populations. The longer these data are collected, the more meaningful they become in helping scientist understand the complex distribution and movements of many species.
Go to www.birdcount.org to learn more. You will be able to enter checklists there starting on February 14th.