Here’s a fast guide to what’s involved:
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.
- 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.
- 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, visithttp://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/howto.html
- Report:Enter your findings through the website by clicking on “Enter Your Checklists!” and following instructions.
- Spread the word: Tell others about your experience. Find out how to be a GBBC ambassador by clicking“Get Involved” on the website.