Feb 13, 2019 | Featured in: Watching Backyard Birds, February 2019

Are You Joining the Great Backyard Bird Count?

A flock of cardinals descends upon a backyard patio. Photo by B. Schaeffer.
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Backyard bird watchers around the world will be tallying and reporting the birds they see the third weekend of February as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). While this is also a project of Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology, it is not the same as Project FeederWatch. The GBBC is interested in birds beyond the feeders, and even beyond the backyard. The citizen-science-powered project aims to census birds in winter, and if more bird watchers participate, results will paint a more accurate picture of bird populations and distributions. Taking part in the GBBC is free, but there are protocols for tallying and reporting what you see. Visit gbbc.birdcount.org for complete instructions.



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