Counting is for the Birds

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gbbc.jpgOne indication of how our environment is doing, is by evaluating populations of various animal species. This February anyone can take part in an annual event called the Great Backyard Bird Count, led by Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Participants simply count the highest number of each bird species they see during at least 15 minutes on one or more of the scheduled days and enter their results at The website even offers regional bird checklists with lots of information regarding birds native to the U.S. and Canada.

Scientists will use the data collected from the United States and Canada, along with information from other studies, to answer such questions as: “Are any birds undergoing worrisome declines that point to the need for conservation attention?” and “How will this winter’s snow and cold temperatures influence bird populations?”

If you capture a great pic while bird watching, you can submit a digital photo for the GBBC’s online gallery and photo contest. Here’s what they’re looking for: “best overall, best composition, most interesting behavior, best group shot, and best habitat shot.” Prizes include binoculars, bird feeders, and more.

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Tag(s): Events, The Great Green Outdoors


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