Backyard Bird Count begins today

Today is the start of the four-day Backyard Bird Count. This nationwide citizen science project is just what it sounds like… volunteers record the birds seen in backyards, or wherever you happen to be. There’s no time limit, you can count birds all day or for an hour.

At the end of the day, volunteers tally the highest number of each species seen together at one time and send the information to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society.

Bird populations are dynamic and in flux. Tracking changes is a huge job, scientists need help from volunteers to  document distribution and movements. Last year volunteers submitted 93,629 checklists, reporting 619 species and 11,550,200 individuals.

The results of this survey give scientists a snapshot of bird populations before spring migration begins. It’s useful for evaluating migration patterns, bird diversity in urban and suburban areas, impacts from the recent huge snowstorms and more.

According to the 2009 State of the Birds report, nearly a third of the 800 species of birds found in the U.S. are endangered, threatened or in decline. The Backyard Bird Count is a great opportunity to help scientists and us learn more about what’s happening regionally, close to home, and nationwide. You can also share the news about your Backyard Bird Count on our Facebook page here.

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1 comment so far

  1. Andrew on

    That would be cool. Counting birds… 🙂


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