We have been having some somewhat significant snowstorms after a quiet start to winter. Even though you may have been stuck in the house in the midst of the storm, you likely had some birds at your …
We have been having some somewhat significant snowstorms after a quiet start to winter. Even though you may have been stuck in the house in the midst of the storm, you likely had some birds at your feeder.
There’s a birding event, and you don’t even have to leave the house if you don’t want to venture outdoors. If you can look out your window and count the birds you see for at least 15 minutes, you can participate in the 24th Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), which begins on Friday, February 12 and ends on Monday, February 15.
As the event’s sponsor, the National Audubon Society, explains: “The Great Backyard Bird Count is a free, fun and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time 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 www.birdcount.org.”
The GBBC can be done from your own backyard watching birds on the feeders or surrounding trees, but you can also bird at your favorite birding location or while on a hike. If you are out in the field, your results can be entered by smartphone, or if you wish, you can record your birds in a notebook and enter them on your home computer later.
This is a good activity to get the family involved in. Even beginning birders can get help with bird identification via the below web page. The more diverse the experience levels are, the better. You can get instructions, checklists and helpful hints from www.birdcount.org.