For a few days every February, bird and nature enthusiasts, as well as curious citizens, participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). This year’s event takes place Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19.
Started by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. 1
Why are Birds and the Great Backyard Bird Count so important?
Birds are pollinators so they pollinate plants, disperse seeds and recycle nutrients back into the earth-very important work. The Great Backyard Bird Count helps scientists and non-scientists alike understand the environment and how it is changing.5 6
How Can You Get Involved?
There are three important steps to participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count:
- Create a (free!) GBBC account 2
- Count birds for at least fifteen minutes on one or more days during the GBBC
- Enter your results on the GBBC website by clicking the “Submit Observations” tab on the home page.You may also download the free eBird Mobile app3 to enter data on a mobile device.
How Can You Learn More About Birds?
The Great Backyard Bird Count is a great excuse to learn more about one of our very important pollinators! If you are interested in birds, the eBird.org4 website has a ton of great resources including a photo and sound search engine, a regional exploration link, an interactive species map and an interactive real time submission map.
Written By: Amanda Kaminski
Edited By: Bob Stone