Today, February 17th, marks the beginning of the 2012 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), which will run through February 20th 2012. The GBBC is a fun opportunity to help scientists gather data on bird populations across North America.
Anyone can participate in the free event and no registration is needed. All you have to do is watch and count birds for at least 15 minutes on any day of the count, February 17-20, 2012. Enter your results at www.birdcount.org, where you can watch as the tallies grow across the continent. The four-day count typically records more than 10 million observations. Click read more below if you would like to see more detailed directions or go to the GBBC website.
1. Plan to count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count. You can count for longer than that if you wish! Count birds in as many places and on as many days as you like—one day, two days, or all four days. Submit a separate checklist for each new day. You can also submit more than one checklist per day if you count in other locations on that day.
2. Count the greatest number of individuals of each species that you see together at any one time. You may find it helpful to print out your regional bird checklist to get an idea of the kinds of birds you're likely to see in your area in February. You could take note of the highest number of each species you see on this checklist.
3. When you're finished, enter your results through our web page. You'll see a button marked "Enter Your Checklists!" on the website home page beginning on the first day of the count. It will remain active until the deadline for data submission: March 5, 2012.
This is a great excuse to get outside, have some fun and watch some cool critters!
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