The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) announced today, Jan. 23 that they are seeking participants for the 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), which will occur Feb. 15-18. As with the 2012 GBBC, the Commission will continue this joint project with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.
The Great Backyard Bird Count is a vital tool for ornithologists in monitoring bird populations throughout Pennsylvania and across North America. So, while having an opportunity to get outdoors with the family, the public is also providing an extremely worthy service to wildlife conservation.
In conjunction with opportunities for bird lovers, educators are provided with tools to involve their students. Requirements for participation are to count birds for at least 15 minutes on at least one day of the event and reporting sightings online at www.birdsource.org/gbbc. Additional online resources include tips to help identify birds, a photo gallery, and special materials for educators.
Participants are asked to also submit their reports to the Pennsylvania eBird website managed by the PGC. The GBBC information is combined with eBird data, but is concentrated on private lands. With the ability to make each bird record site-specific, the data collected helps the wildlife researchers understand the importance of particular locations to birds and bird population trends, this information is critical for effective conservation. For more information about the Great Backyard Bird Count, please visit the GBBC website and the Pennsylvania eBird website.
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