Since today is Valentines Day I had to post a greeting with this pair of ‘kissing’ parakeets (part of a wild flock I photographed a few weeks ago in McAllen,TX).
Since the Great Backyard Bird Count begins tomorrow I wanted to encourage everyone who watches birds–in their backyards, their parks or anywhere)–to participate. The following information from the Great Backyard Bird Count website explains this fun activity:
- The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual 4-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are.
- Beginning in 2013, GBBC checklists will be accepted from anywhere in the world!Everyone is welcome–from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds
- Participants tally the number of individual birds of each species they see during their count period. They enter these numbers on the GBBC website.
Why count birds?
Scientists and bird enthusiasts can learn a lot by knowing where the birds are. Bird populations are dynamic; they are constantly in flux. No single scientist or team of scientists could hope to document and understand the complex distribution and movements of so many species in such a short time.
The 2013 GBBC takes place February 15 through February 18.
- 1. Create a GBBC account even if you had registered for one during prior years [Note: if you already have an Ebird account, just enter via ebird as all entries in ebird during the count period go into the GBBC pool]
- 2. Count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC. You can count for longer than that if you wish!
- 3. Enter your results on the GBBC website (or eBird).
- The Great Backyard Bird Count is for kids!
The GBBC website has some games and activities just for kids to help them learn about what some common birds look like.
Learn About Birds
There are many things you can do to make the most of your Great Backyard Bird Count experience. They have several online resources to help you identify and learn more about birds.
I am participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count–are you?