Posted: February 11, 2009, 7:00 p.m. EDT
The Great Backyard Bird Count begins February 13 and ends February 16, 2009. Data collected helps researchers understand bird population trends.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society pull together to encourage families, students and others to go out and count the number and type of birds they see in the 12th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). The GBBC begins February 13 and ends February 16, 2009. Bird sightings can be submitted online, and the data collected helps researchers understand bird population trends, information that is critical for effective conservation. The data helps create a comprehensive picture of where birds are in late winter and how their numbers and distribution compare with previous years.
“The Great Backyard Bird Count benefits both birds and people. It’s a great example of citizen science: Anyone who can identify even a few species can contribute to the body of knowledge that is used to inform conservation efforts to protect birds and biodiversity,” said Audubon Education VP, Judy Braus. “Families, teachers, children and all those who take part in GBBC get a chance to improve their observation skills, enjoy nature, and have a great time counting for fun, counting for the future.”
In 2008, more than 85,000 sightings were submitted to Great Backyard Bird Count website. Participants can also submit pictures of their sightings for the GBBC photo contest. Videos of birds can be uploaded to YouTube, and some will be featured on the website. For more information, go the Great Backyard Bird Count website here.