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Join the Great Backyard Bird Count

Feb. 18-21 — Join birdwatchers around the world for the Great Backyard Bird Count. You can count on any or all of the four days for little as 15 minutes, or as long as you want. This is a great activity for families (and shut-ins)! Count birds in your backyard or your favorite nearby location. For more info on the event and how to participate visit birdcount.org or email [email protected]

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) was the first online citizen-science project (also referred to as community science) to collect data on wild birds and to display results in close to real time. Birds Canada joined the project in 2009. In 2013, it became a global project when it began entering data into eBird, the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science (community science) project.

Each year participation grows as more people of all ages around the world spend their weekend counting, learning about, and celebrating birds. See results from past years highlighting the data and trends from the Great Backyard Bird Counts.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an inter-organizational effort between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, and Birds Canada.

Interested persons can participate by watching their backyard (or any nearby location) for any length of time, on any or all of the days, and then submitting their data to e-Bird or Merlin Bird ID.

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