Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Great Backyard Bird Count


Get out your binoculars, a chair, pencil and paper! February 12-15th is The Great Backyard Bird Count!
This is super easy and super fun!
Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Plan to count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count. You can count for longer than that if you wish! Count birds in as many places and on as many days as you like—one day, two days, or all four days. Submit a separate checklist for each new day. You can also submit more than one checklist per day if you count in other locations on that day.

2. Count the greatest number of individuals of each species that you see together at any one time. You may find it helpful to print out your regional bird checklist to get an idea of the kinds of birds you're likely to see in your area in February. You could take note of the highest number of each species you see on this checklist.

3. When you're finished, enter your results through HERE. You'll see a button marked "Enter Your Checklists!" on the website home page beginning on the first day of the count. It will remain active until the deadline for data submission on March 1st.

There are some great tips and resources found on The Great Backyard Bird Count site. Make sure you check it out!

We are going to participate, are you?


  1. This sounds like a great way to slow down and enjoy the moment!

  2. I've always *meant* to do this...every year for years now...



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