Good Evening Everyone! It's that time of the year- the annual Great (Global) Backyard Bird Count has begun! I'm sure most of my birding friends are aware of this event, but for those of you who aren't, you may visit gbbc.birdcount.org to get started. Simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 13-16, 2015. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world!
In 2014, Great Backyard Bird Count participants in 135 countries counted nearly 4,300 species of birds on more than 144,000 checklists. Scientists use information from the Great Backyard Bird Count, along with observations from other citizen-science projects, such as the Christmas Bird Count, Project FeederWatch, and eBird, to get the “big picture” about what is happening to bird populations. Your count matters!
Because I have to work Saturday and Sunday, I did my backyard bird count this afternoon and turned in my checklist this evening- here's the screenshots of the birds I observed this first day of the count...
I hope you decide to join this important event. Have a great weekend and Happy Counting!