The 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is taking place Friday, February 15 through Monday, February 18th and for the first time, anyone anywhere in the world can participate!
The GBBC is an annual 4-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages, and all levels of experience in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to 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—and it helps the birds.
Participants tally the number of individual birds of each species they see during their count period. They enter these numbers on the GBBC website. The results of the worldwide count will be tabulated and posted shortly after the event. Last year’s results can be viewed here and as you’ll see participants in the Great Plains and the west were treated to the largest ever recorded number of Snowy Owls and Redpolls in the 15 year history of the Great Backyard Bird Count.
So on February 15 – 18th, stock your feeders, dust off your binoculars and grab a pencil and notepad and count birds! The GBBC is a fantastic citizen science project that everyone can participate in!