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2007 Great Backyard Bird Count

GBBC combines fun activities and conservation

By Crystal Apilado

The 10th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, takes place February 16 to 19, 2007.

Snowy Owl/Courtesy Kim L. Graham, OhioBirdwatchers are invited from across the United States and Canada to participate. Pat Leonard of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology said that during the GBBC there is a friendly competition by state and province to see who can turn in the most checklists as well as a digital photo competition for the event.

Participants fill out a checklist for the day and enter their results online at the GBBC website. The website keeps a record of what birds are recorded by species and location, and includes photo galleries and information on identifying bird species.  

Northern Cardinal/Courtesy Jerry Acton, New YorkResults from the checklists help scientists track changes in bird populations and ecological changes that may otherwise go unnoticed. “Because birds are so widely distributed, people who study them cannot get the “big picture” without help from legions of bird watchers who act as their eyes and ears,” Leonard said.

In conjunction with the GBBC, bird clubs, organizations, stores and Audubon chapters from the U.S. and Canada are sponsoring seminars and activities aimed at educating the public on bird identification.

For more details on how to participate visit the GBBC website, www.birdsource.org/gbbc.
 

Posted: January 10, 2007, 5 a.m. EST


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Janet, Henderson, NV
Posted: 2/6/2008 10:49:23 AM
I look forward to this for next year
Chris, Vinton, VA
Posted: 6/8/2007 5:11:03 AM
Cool, I'll have to do this next year , sounds fun!
Hope, Oakley, CA
Posted: 3/20/2007 9:39:27 PM
Great idea, the wild birds are as important and incredible to observe as our companion birds. I wish I was still in So Fla. I could really have a good time with this. The bird sightings I recorded for myself were fantastic. Now that I am in the northeast, I must be content with raptors and crows and the summer birds.
barbie, Pittsburgh, PA
Posted: 1/21/2007 9:57:37 AM
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