Friday, February 7, 2014

Join the Great Backyard Bird Count

National Audubon Society

 The annual Great Backyard Bird Count will take place on President’s Day weekend, Feb. 14-17, and bird watchers all across North America are invited to participate. The National Audubon Society, the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada invite anyone who is interested to participate in the 17th annual bird count. Anyone can count birds wherever they are and submit their results at http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/. Reports create a real-time picture of where birds are across the continent and contribute valuable information for science and conservation.
Even if you are a novice, there are many resources available to help you improve. You can view a series of short and helpful instructional videos at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/NetCommunity/page.aspx?pid=1053. Or request a free color guide to backyard birds from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department athttp://gfp.sd.gov/wildlife/critters/birds/default.aspx.
During the count, bird watchers are asked to keep track of the highest number of each bird species they see together at one time. Participants can choose to tally up birds for as little as 15 minutes, or for as long as they like. People are encouraged to report birds from public lands, local parks and their backyards. Participants can explore sightings maps, lists and charts as the count progresses. There is no fee to participate, so mark your calendar for this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count.

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