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Saturday, February 03, 2007

Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a four-day event on a yearly base. This year's date is February 16 – 19, 2007, the tenths anniversary. If you are a nature lover, you’re invited to participate. Join this great event that spans from the United States to Canada and help bird conservation.

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society.

It doesn’t play a role where you live in North America. You can participate, be it in your backyard, on your next snowshoeing trip, at a local park or any other place.

How does it work?



  • During February, 16 – 19, 2007 schedule to count birds for let's say 15 to 30 minutes. You can do that at as many places (and days) you like. But keep in mind to keep separate lists of your sightings/counts for every location and day.

  • Count the maximum number of each individual bird species you see together any one time. Take note of these numbers. Best is to bring a pencil (they work in freezing temperatures as well…) and a small notepad.

  • Finally, when you’re back at home, grab a cup of hot tea, log on to the Internet and go to http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc and enter your results.

Happy birding!

PS: The photo shows a Downy Woodpecker I saw last weekend in a nearby park. © 2007 Photo by Erich Angermayr.