Each year in February for a four-day period, people across the country and around the world take some time to count the birds they see in backyards, parks, woods, wetlands or anywhere you find our feathered friends.
It only takes as little as 15 minutes on one day or you can count as long as you like over the entire 4-day event.
Counting birds is important to provide scientists and researchers with an up-to-date picture of our winter bird population. The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) reflects bird’ migratory movements around the world and generates a real-time look at how birds are doing. Each checklist submitted allows the National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada to gather more data about birds and their health.
You don’t have to be an expert at bird identification to become involved. Beginners are welcome and can download a Guide to Common Birds ID poster from the GBBC website.
How to get started…
Create a free GBBC account when the count begins on February 15 by going to the Great Backyard Bird Count website. You can also download a GBBC Data Form to use as your checklist when counting birds. Then just count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days between Feb. 15 –18. Submit a separate checklist for each day you count and for each separate location where you count birds. Enter your results at the GBBC Website beginning on the first day of the count. You will see a button marked “Enter Your Checklists.”
Have fun and take the time to learn more about the birds that frequent our gardens here in Fayette County.