The Great Backyard Bird Count has begun! From Friday, February 15 through Monday, February 18, anyone may participate. Go to the webpage to create an account where you will enter your daily totals. You may count birds for fifteen minutes or more, if you like, on any or all of the days of the GBBC.
What is the purpose of the GBBC? The annual survey tells scientists where the birds are and in what numbers. The complex distribution and movement of species tells a story about weather, habitat, and migration patterns. Getting the “big picture” about bird populations reveals much about the general health of our environment with all its complexities of land, water, vegetation and human population impact upon wildlife. The GBBC is a wonderful opportunity for anyone, young or old, to contribute to scientific knowledge about our world.