Great Backyard Bird Count 2014 February 01 2014
It's that Time Again... Great Backyard Bird Count 2014
February 14th-17th, it's free, easy and fun for all ages!
The GBBC is open to all, from novice bird-watchers, seasoned fanatics, and students of all ages.
Do it this year… for the birds, for science, and for fun!
Last year's Great Backyard Bird Count shattered records after going global for the first time. Participants reported their bird sightings from all 7 continents, including 111 countries and independent territories. More than 34.5 million birds and 3,610 species were recorded - nearly one-third of the world's total bird species documented in just four days.
The Great Backyard Bird Count is a great way for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with nature and make a difference for birds. It's free and easy. To learn more about how to join the count visit www.birdcount.org and view the winning photos from the 2013 GBBC photo contest.
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 a data form so that you’ll know what information to record, and a regional 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, visit http://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.