Calling all bird watchers! The Great Backyard Bird Count will be from February 18 to February 21. The National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology ask people to watch birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count. You will record the sightings on their website and this data helps researchers understand the ways that birds respond to changing temperatures and so forth. You will count the greatest number of species and you will count the largest number of birds seen in that species.
I thought the statistics from last year were amazing. There were 97,331 checklists submitted. 603 different species observed. And 11,233,609 individual birds counted!
You can find all the information about the GBBC at birdcount.org. It is a simple project requiring only 15 minutes, so I plan to participate. I hope you will, too!
Until next time...