February 12 - 15, 2016
HOW TO COUNT THE BIRDS: Easy as 1–2–3!
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:
- Count birds anywhere you like for at LEAST 15 minutes or longer. Keep track of the kinds of birds you see and how long you watched.
- Make your best estimate of how many birds you saw of each species. For example, 4 Black-
capped Chickadees, 2 Northern Flickers. Huge flocks may be a challenge, but your best guess is still valuable
- Enter your list(s) online at www.BirdCount.org. You put in a new list for each time you count, whether it’s on the same day, a different day, at the same place, or at a new location.
Go to www.Bird Count.org to learn more about this valuable way you can contribute to bird science. Look for the “Submit Observations” button on the Great Backyard Bird Count website (or eBird). You can start entering bird lists after midnight local time on the first day of the count anywhere in the world.