Monday, January 7, 2013

Going to the birds?? Why not??

Its time for the Great Backyard Bird Count, or, the GBBC, as it is also known.

This is a fun way for anyone, homeschooled or not, kids, seniors, retired, anyone who has access to see birds, to learn more about birds, and for little ones to learn to identify, and count.  You can just do the count and be done with it, or you can turn this into a 4H project, Scout project and get really involved.  Its up to you.

Check it out here.

Basically, they are looking for volunteers to count birds for 15 minutes at least one day, between Feb 15 and Feb 18 of 2013, and turn in your results.  If you check out the website, it will tell you how to register, what to look for, and how to turn in your results.  There are also educational materials available, a photo contest and more.

Its in the US, Canada and other places as well, as this year they are going global.

“The GBBC is an ideal opportunity for young and old to connect with nature by discovering birds and to participate in a huge science project,” said Gary Langham, Audubon’s Chief Scientist. “This year, we hope people on all seven continents, oceans, and islands, will head out into their neighborhoods, rural areas, parks, and wilderness to further our understanding of birds across the hemispheres.”
Participating is easy. Simply watch birds for at least 15 minutes at the location of your choice on one or more of the count days. Estimate the number of birds you see for each species you can identify. You’ll select your location on a map, answer a few questions, enter your tallies, and then submit your data to share your sightings with others around the world.
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Christine Haines, WA, 2012 GBBC
The global capacity for the count will be powered by eBird, an online checklist program for all of the world’s 10,240 bird species. Participants will be able to view what others are seeing on interactive maps, keep their own records, and have their tallies recorded for perpetuity.

“The popularity of the Great Backyard Bird Count grows each year," said Dick Cannings, Senior Projects Officer at Bird Studies Canada, "and with the new features, participation will be even more exciting.”

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