Great Backyard Bird Count – It’s free, fun & easy!

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the event and report their sightings online at Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can now participate from anywhere in the world! 

Evening Grosbeak -- Photo by GBBC participant Carrie
Evening Grosbeak — Photo by GBBC participant Carrie

Fun for the whole family!
Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. Last year, participants turned in more than 134,000 online checklists, creating the world’s largest instantaneous snapshot of bird populations ever recorded.

The 17th annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 14, through Monday, February 17, 2014. To learn more visit the official website at

For more on the results of the 2013 GBBC, take a look at the full summary, and be sure to check out some of the images in the 2013 GBBC Photo Contest Gallery.

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