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The Great Backyard Bird Count

Coming to a backyard, lake or trail near you is the Great Backyard Bird Count. 100 countries are participating in this citizen and scientist project. From February 16th-19th, bird lovers from around the world will track the birds they see, submit stats and photos into an online database. The best part is they want families around the globe to participate in this research program so that humans can better understand bird populations worldwide.

Red Tail Hawk Photo: C Johnson

This is how you can get involved.

  • Count birds from anywhere- your front window, backyard, a nearby reservoir or your favorite hiking trail. It doesn’t matter where you look as long as you do it for at least 15 minutes (longer is OK).
  • Keep track of the types of birds you see, how many you saw of each species, the amount of time you observed for and the location.
  • Enter your list online at Look for the “Submit Observations” tab. You will have to create a free account first if you have not already done so.


Seeing a Starling from Natures Educators up close. Photo: C Johnson

You can participate one day, all four days or somewhere in between. We will be doing our observing while in Orlando, Florida. A bit different bird population than in Colorado, but we are interested to keep track of what we see.


Adventure On.


Written by Courtney in February 12, 2018
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