The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will soon be upon us. In fact, February 17-20, 2012.
Anyone can participate in this free event and no registration is needed. Watch and count birds for at least 15 minutes on any day of the count, February 17-20, 2012. Enter your results at http://www.birdcount.org, where you can watch as the tallies grow across the continent. The four-day count typically records more than 10 million observations.
The 2011 GBBC brought in more than 92,000 bird checklists submitted by participants from across the United States and Canada. Altogether, bird watchers identified 596 species with 11.4 million bird observations. Results from the 2011 GBBC included:
• Increased reports of Evening Grosbeaks, a species that has been declining;
• A modest seasonal movement of winter finches farther south in their search for food;
• The Eurasian Collared-Dove was reported from Alaska for the first time, more evidence of an introduced species rapidly expanding its range.
Although it’s called the Great “Backyard” Bird Count, the count extends well beyond backyards. Lots of participants choose to head for national parks, nature centers, urban parks, nature trails, or nearby sanctuaries. For more information, including bird-ID tips, instructions, and past results, visit http://www.birdcount.org.
The count also includes a photo contest and a prize drawing for participants who enter their bird checklists online.
Robin and I do this yearly and it is fun and surprising to see what birds come to your backyard. Use and inexpensive feeder – don’t forget the water, too – and the birds will flock to your yard. Much more information is available at their web site at Bird Source. I will place the above graphic and hot link it, in the sidebar. Keep Looking Up!