Organized by the National
Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and taking place Feb. 18 to 21, the Great Backyard Bird Count
encourages bird watchers of all ages and skill levels to contribute to science
by helping researchers create a real-time snapshot of birds’ numbers and
movement.Last year, more than 100,000
citizen-generated reports were gathered during the count.
For those who want to
participate in this year’s count, Audubon Guides suggests keeping these tips in
the birds to you!Put up a bird
feeder where it can be seen from inside and high enough so birds will be
safe from predators.Then add bird
seed (black oil sunflower seeds are an especially good choice) before and
during the count.For more
information about bird feeding basics, visit the National Audubon
of Bird Feeding.
for birds anywhere, including at home or at parks, schools or nature
birding more interesting to all of the members of your family by taking
advantage of new technologies.For
example, the Audubon Guide series of bird apps for the iPhone and iPod
Touch use interactive technologies, GPS capabilities and intuitive search
functions to make it easier and more fun than ever to identify and
quiet! Birds have better hearing than humans: a snap of a twig will send
them fluttering away.
Use the Audubon Guides’ GPS-enabled
sighting list to keep track of the birds you see during
the count.And once you’ve finished
counting, remember to report your sightings to the National Audubon
Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology by visiting Birdsource.org.
you don’t know the name of a bird, take note of characteristics such as
colors, size, shape and habitat.These can be used along with the Audubon Guide series of bird apps
or even traditional print field guides to help determine the exact
for the occasion: You wouldn’t go skiing in shorts; don’t go birding in
clothes that rustle, squeak or jingle. And be sure to leave your jangly
jewelry at home.
the Audubon Guide Series of Bird Apps
From Chickadees to Condors,
the Audubon Guides series of bird apps covers more than 750 species of birds
with information on appearance, habitat, behavior, diet, nesting, mating,
migration, endangered status and more. Created in alliance with the National
Audubon Society, the apps’ features include thousands of
professional color photos, more than 2,200 bird sounds, and range maps for each