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Great Backyard Bird Count 2013

January 07, 2013 2 min read

It's Time Again... Great Backyard Bird Count 2013!

Get ready for this global event... get set and count... It's FREE!

February 15th-18th, materials are available online. The GBBC is open to anyone from novice bird-watchers, seasoned fanatics, and students of all ages. Real citizen-science where participants need not be able to identify every single species seen. The online submission process helps check accuracy and prevent errors.

Do it this year… for the birds, for science, and for fun!

Be a part of the first global bird counting endeavor that actually helps scientists better understand bird populations, tracking general movements, and how the ever-changing environment affects our feathered friends. Anyone who participates can view the data online as the counts are submitted. It's pretty cool and a fun way to be involved in a big-picture project. And it's free! Great for educators and class projects; kindergarten thru high school, it gets kids outside and involved with the nature! We'll be posting results online via links to The Cornell Lab once the count has ended!
Here’s a fast guide to what’s involved:
  1. Make a plan: You’ll need to count birds for a minimum of 15 minutes on one of the count days, but you can count all four days, and you can count for as long as you want. More counting produces more data to show us where the birds are.
  2. Know your place: Decide whether your count is a STATIONARY COUNT, like watching a feeder out the window, or a TRAVELING COUNT, such as birding during a hike. Print out adata form so that you’ll know what information to record, and aregional bird checklist to help with identification.
  3. Count: Record the highest number of each species seen together at one time in stationary counts. For traveling counts, record the total number of individual birds of each species you see during the walk. For more info, visit
  4. Report:Enter your findings through the website by clicking on “Enter Your Checklists!” and following instructions.
  5. Spread the word: Tell others about your experience. Find out how to be a GBBC ambassador by clicking“Get Involved” on the website. Also, join theGBBC Facebook group, and tweet about the count (use #GBBC when tweeting).