An American Gold Finch fluffs up to keep warm on a bitterly cold day in the North Thompson Valley. (Jill Hayward photo)

An American Gold Finch fluffs up to keep warm on a bitterly cold day in the North Thompson Valley. (Jill Hayward photo)

Great Backyard Bird Count starts Feb. 12

A fun way for all ages and backgrounds to connect with nature and make a difference for birds

It’s time to gear up for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), starting Feb. 12–15, 2021.

Bird watchers around the world are needed now to gather crucial data during this annual count.

Each February, for four days, the world comes together for the love of birds. Anyone anywhere in the world can count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or all four days of the count and enter their sightings at www.BirdCount.org.

People are encouraged to spend time in their favorite places watching and counting as many birds as they can find and reporting them to GBBC. These observations help scientists to better understand global bird populations before one of their annual migrations. The information gathered annually by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track the health of bird populations at a scale that would not otherwise be possible.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a fun way for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with nature and make a difference for birds. It’s free, easy, and is a super opportunity to get outside during the pandemic where you can socially distance as you look for the birds in your neighbourhood, or even take a drive to find another spot where you can safely watch the birds.

You can keep count on paper, or use your smart phone using the Merlin Bird ID app or eBird Mobile app, or enter your bird list on the eBird website with your desktop or laptop computer. However, you must have all of your counts in to the GBBC by the end of the last day.

To learn more about the GBBC, and how to join, visit https://www.birdcount.org/participate/

The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada, and founding sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited.

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