Great Backyard Bird Count

Hi Rochester Birders, let’s join in with National Audubon and Cornell Lab and participate in the twentieth annual Great Backyard Bird Count February 17 – 20, 2017.

White-breasted Nuthatch (L) and Downy Woodpecker (R) - Irondequoit - © Candice Giles - Jan 24, 2017

White-breasted Nuthatch (L) and Downy Woodpecker (R) – Irondequoit – © Candice Giles – Jan 24, 2017

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a fun event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a instantaneous snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.

Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. Last year, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.

The 20th annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 17, through Monday, February 20, 2017. Please visit the official website at birdcount.org for more information.

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