This weekend you can participate in an international event from your own window. The Great Backyard Bird Count is hosted by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon and is an online citizen-science project where participants record their observations. Birds visiting gardens throughout the world are observed and appreciated for their beauty.
From February 13th through February 16th, 2015, bird watchers of all ages can participate in the GBBC. It’s a free and fun event that can be shared with family and friends. Whether you’re a beginning or an expert birder, you can spend either a few minutes, or a marathon session and enjoy your feathered friend visitors. You can even stay in your pajamas!
If you are unfamiliar with the birds in your area, see if you can borrow a book from the local library. Even better, buy a bird identification book. Get the children to join in and throw some bird seed out in the garden. Wait and see what may show up!
In 2014, a total of 135 countries entered in 144,000 checklists and tallied nearly 4,300 different bird species. Who knows what rare bird may show up in your yard.
If you’re new to the count: Click here to register for the GBBC and join in the fun!