What Is the GBBC?
The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual 4-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are.
How Does It Work?
Participants simply watch birds at any location for at least 15 minutes, tally the numbers of each species they see, and report their tallies online at www.BirdCount.org. The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon, with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada.
What If I Do Not Know Many Birds?
Think cardinal. In 2012 GBBC participants submitted a record-smashing 104,151 checklists with 17.4 million individual bird observations! They reported the Northern Cardinal on more checklists than any other species for the eighth year in a row, closely followed by the Mourning Dove.
“This count is so much fun because anyone can take part, whether you are an expert, novice, or feeder watcher,” said Gary Langham, Audubon’s Chief Scientist. “Invite new birders to join and share the experience. Once you get involved, you can continue with eBird year round.”
The Great Backyard Bird Count – Official 2012 GBBC website. To learn more about how to join the count and to get bird ID tips, activities for children, downloadable instructions, a how-to video, past results, and more, visit http://www.birdcount.org. The count also includes a photo contest and a prize drawing for participants who enter at least one bird checklist online.
Contact: Susie Moffat, Communication Chair, susie_moffat at unc.edu