Get Ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count!

Image courtesy of Henry Domke

It’s almost here, the event you’ve been waiting for:
The Great Backyard Bird Count.

This annual four-day event, this year February 12-15, engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy.

This joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon helps scientists to learn all kinds of important information about birds. It’s also a great way to get kids interested in nature right in their backyard. Visit the special page for children to learn more. You can also click HERE to find out about events in your area, or you can download the regional checklist and count on your own.

For more information on how to participate, visit the Great Backyard Bird Count website.