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The Great Backyard Bird Count starts on Friday

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Bird watchers from around the world are needed to gather important data during the National Audubon Society’s 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Volunteers from more than 100 countries around the world are expected to participate in this effort to help track the health of bird population on a massive scale.

They will do this by counting birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count and sum up the individual birds of each species they see. Afterwards they will enter their findings at Great Backyard Bird Count. The data collected will help scientists find out what is happening to bird populations because of ongoing threats like climate change. People of all ages and backgrounds wanting to make a difference for birds everywhere while at the same time being able to connect with nature can participate. For more information about the Great Backyard Bird Count including how to sign up visit the National Audubon Society site.

Last year was the first time the bird count went global and it shattered previous records. There were participants in 7 continents including 111 countries that counted more than 34.5 million birds that included 3,610 species.

Part of this year’s goals include tracking the Snowy Owls, checking on the Eurasian Collared Dove and its expanding range and tracking the numbers of American Crows and insect eating species.

What:
The Great Backyard Bird Count

When:
Friday February 14 – Monday February 17

Source: Agatha Szczepaniak/National Audubon Society

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