The 2015 Great Backyard Bird Count
The 2015 Great Backyard Bird Count will take place February 13-16. Join the four-day bird count this February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.This annual 4-day event engages bird lovers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. It’s free, fun, and easy! Everyone is welcome to participate – 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.
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.
- Scientists use information from the Great Backyard Bird Count, along with observations from other citizen-science projects, such as the Christmas Bird Count, Project FeederWatch, and eBird, to get the “big picture” about what is happening to bird populations. The longer these data are collected, the more meaningful they become in helping scientists investigate far-reaching questions, like these:
• How will the weather and climate change influence bird populations?
• Some birds, such as winter finches, appear in large numbers during some years but not others. Where are these species from year to year, and what can we learn from these patterns?
• How will the timing of birds’ migrations compare with past years?
• How are bird diseases, such as West Nile virus, affecting birds in different regions?
• What kinds of differences in bird diversity are apparent in cities versus suburban, rural, and natural areas?
Learn about birds and bird watching, and get more information about the GBBC at www.birdcount.org.
HOW CAN KIDS, SCHOOLS, AND FAMILIES GET INVOLVED?
- Register to count birds in your backyard or playground!
- Count birds for at least 15 minutes Feb 13-16th. Use this bird list as an identification tool.
- Check out this Bird Nature Study, Printables, & Resources to add geography and science to you exploring.
- There’s a photo contest– enter it with your photos or check out some of the other amazing pictures!
- Print yourself a certificate of participation!