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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Okay, so I don't have a good closeup of this bluejay or any other bird for that matter, but now is our chance to assist ornithologists (bird scientists) in finding out where the birds are!

All you need is at least 15 minutes and a backyard!

For just four days (Friday, Feb. 15 thru Monday, Feb. 18), bird watchers of all ages can participate in The Great Backyard Bird Count. You simply identify and count the birds in your backyard for at least 15 minutes (or all day if you prefer)! 

Last year, more than 104,000 checklists were submitted that recorded more than 17 million observations identifying 623 species. No surprise that the cardinal got the award for most observations!

The Bird Count gives scientists input over wide areas about bird migration, diversity and even how weather affects bird populations.  

You'll need to register at the GBBC website and submit your data there. 

This big birdwatching/counting event is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited, Cornell Information Technologies, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the National Science Foundation.  

Linking to Rurality  



  1. Good post. I'll try to participate.

  2. Wasn't even aware of this bird count thingie, but since {finally} putting out some food and word-of-mouth, er, beak - we have increased our backyard bird census from 2-3 to now 6-7 types - loads of the same type, or I would guess, really can't tell if that is the same robin or its cousin.

  3. Sounds like fun, I'll have to look for a local affiliate... Thank you for joining in 'Rurality Blog Hop #2' Hope to see you next Wednesday for #3...

  4. Me either, TexWis. But the wind is really strong, and birds don't seem to be around today. Guess that indicates that birds prefer to stay out of the wind!