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17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count: Feb. 14-17

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Bird watchers from more than 100 countries are expected to participate in the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), February 14–17. Anyone anywhere in the world can count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count and enter their sightings online. Around the globe, tens of thousands of people of all ages and birding skill levels will count birds in backyards, local parks, nature reserves, and wherever they happen to be. This free, family-friendly educational activity is loads of fun and supports bird conservation!

The information gathered will help track the health of bird populations at a scale that would not otherwise be possible.

The GBBC provides a great opportunity to learn more about birds and connect with nature, and is an ideal way for more experienced birders to introduce friends, family, and others to the wonderful world of birding. Visit the GBBC website to explore the species seen in your community, region, or country. You can make a difference for birds by making the birds in your neighborhood count. Join in the Great Backyard Bird Count.

The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada.

It’s really simple and easy to participate. All you need to do is count birds for at least 15 minutes or longer if you wish. 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: 5 Northern Cardinals, 3 American Crows, etc. Huge flocks may be a challenge, but your best guess is still valuable. Enter your list(s) online. Put in a new checklist: for each new day, for each different location, for the same location, same day, if you counted at a different time of day.

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