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What's the Difference with 2016 Great Backyard Bird Count?

February 12, 2016 1 min read



Feb 12-15, 2016 - It's for the birds!

It's not every day wild birds make the Care2Causes venue, they're even asking you to show some love for birds. And there's a good reason this popular humanitarian/petition site is gawking birds!

This weekend marks the 19th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, but many are promising a big difference this year with bird sightings you may have never expected. In a nutshell: El Nino.

Not a believer in climate change? There's plenty of environmental, wildlife and scientific organizations who give hard proof it's a real factor in today's fast and furious changing environment. In fact, birds have already been telling us for years!

By submitting your results (called citizen science) the cumulative data is collated/extrapolated (whatever the term is?) to show scientists specifically how birds' populations and ranges are changing from year to year. It may not sound all that important, but birds really do give us a picture into our changing environment.

Take part in something big this weekend, it's citizen science that matters. And take your valentine along even if they're not into birds because it will be something different! No fancy stuff necessary, just a small block of time, a pair of binoculars if preferred and your GBBC checklist.

Your findings further help scientists understand bird's populations and shifting ranges as they relate to climate.

Feb 12-15
  1. Create a free account
  2. Download instructions
  3. Enter your observations (from the field or from home) free eBird Mobile for ios or Android
  4. Have Fun!