Great Backyard Bird Count

Guest Blog by Theresa Loe of Garden Fresh Living

If you liked The Lost Ladybug Project, then you might like this as well…

The Great Backyard Bird Count is coming up on February 13-16, 2009. This annual four-day event is a project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. Its purpose is to create a comprehensive picture of where all kinds of birds are found during late winter and then compare that information with data collected from past years.  Apparently, scientists can learn a lot by knowing where the birds are. Since the birds are always moving, no team of scientist could ever hope to document the movements of so many species over a four day period. So they ask the public for help on these dates every year.

Anyone can participate, it only takes 15 minutes and it is especially fun for children. Participants count birds, record and submit their information and can also submit photos for a yearly contest. Visit their website for more details on how to participate. 

Photo Credit: This Northern Cardinal photo was the overall winner of the 2008 photo contest, Judy Howle, MS.

Thanks again to Theresa Loe of Garden Fresh Living for this guest blog posting!