The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society begins Friday, February 13. You can count birds for just 15 minutes, or count all 96 hours until the end of Monday. Find out more about this global event at the All About Birds blog.
Registration is free and easy. If you’ve counted in the GBBC since 2013 or if you participate in another Cornell Lab citizen-science project, you’re already registered…just count and have fun!
For those birds that are hard to identify, there’s a Tricky Bird IDs primer
The GBBC broke records in 2014—with more than 140,000 people from 135 countries counting more than 33 million birds. To achieve even bigger numbers this year, the GBBC is joining a grassroots campaign to encourage birders to mentor someone else and share their love of birds. Take the pledge online and you’ll receive a tip sheet on “How to Fledge a New Birder.”
Photos courtesy Great Backyard Bird Count.
Joyce H. Newman is an Emmy Award-winning environmental journalist, educator, and gardener. She holds a Certificate in Horticulture from The New York Botanical Garden, and is a tour guide there.