Get Ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count (February 17 - 20)
Pat Sziber

It’s as easy as 1 — 2 — 3.

  1. Count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count.
  2. Count the greatest number of individuals of each species that you see together at any one time.
  3. When you’re finished, enter your results at

The Great Backyard Bird Count, a very successful citizen science project of National Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, brought in more than 92,000 checklists in 2011, submitted by participants throughout the United States and Canada. Altogether, bird enthusiasts identified 596 species with 11.4 million bird observations. This huge body of data is extremely valuable for tracking populations and movements of birds in winter.

The beauty of GBBC is that you can do it from the comfort of your home, bundled up on a lawn chair in your yard, stationed on a bench in a park or schoolyard. You can even do two or more locations, as long as you submit separate checklists for each. Note: You must provide the ZIP code for the locale when you send in your data. This is a great activity for engaging children in observing nature over the long holiday weekend. They will quickly learn to identify and count the more obvious species such as cardinals, juncos and blue jays, but may need some help distinguishing the various sparrows. They will love sitting down with you at the computer (or you with them?) to submit their counts.

All the information you need to get ready for the count is available at Great Backyard Bird Count web site where you can also print out a local checklist. Get ready, get organized, get going! And, if you would like to share your experience or a special sighting with us, please contact us by clicking on “Contact WCAS” on our website,

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Last revision: Sunday, January 29, 2012