Get ready for the 25th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)! Anyone can participate in this free citizen-science activity between Feb 18 and 21, 2022.
How to be a bird counter
Identify and count the birds you see or hear in one location such as your yard, a favorite park or a local lake for 15 minutes or more on at least one day during this four-day period. Share your sightings and photos at eBird.org or on the free Merlin ID app on your smartphone. That’s it!
The GBBC is a collaborative project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society and Birds Canada. By participating and submitting your accurate observations you’ll contribute to a global database that helps researchers more fully understand bird populations. Register to attend the GBBC’s free webinar to learn more.
Improve your bird ID skills
If you want to improve your bird identification skills, explore the library’s Science and Nature Neighborhood to study the bird species you may encounter in our area during winter. Cornell Lab’s allaboutbirds.org is another popular, easy-to-use resource featuring photos, range maps, bird vocalizations and each species’ intriguing behaviors.
February is also National Bird Feeding Month! To attract a variety of bird species to your yard before the GBBC begins, set up and maintain a clean bird feeder and offer quality seeds. Keep a fresh water source for all of your bird visitors to enjoy now and year round.
Recent studies show some of our common native bird species are experiencing steep population declines and habitat loss. Consider helping birds and other pollinators naturally by incorporating beneficial native plants and trees into your yard this spring.