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Friday, February 18, 2011

Great Backyard Bird Count Starts TODAY!

February 18, 2011

Calling All Citizen Ornithologists! You can make a big difference by participating this weekend. 

photo credit- Chris Southwick
The Great Backyard Bird Count is underway.
American Widgeons at Greenlake
photo credit- Janet Way

It is a yearly "citizen science" event sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
The information gathered during this event is valuable to Ornithology Science.

Here's how to join the fun:

Go to the GBHBC site -

1. Count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count. Count longer if you want to!

2. Tally the greatest number of individuals of each species that you see together at any one time. Optional: Print your regional bird checklist to get an idea of the kinds of birds you're likely to see in your area in February.

3. Enter your checklists on the website at You submit tallies for each day and for each new location where you count. The deadline to enter your checklists is March 1. 

Golden Crowned Kinglet
photo credit - Michael Oxman

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