You can learn more about birds and help scientific efforts at the same time by participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count of 2015.
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 fifteen minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the event, Friday through Monday, February 13 to 16, 2015, and report their sightings online.
Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts. Bird-identification and other helps are available on the GBBC page. Don’t want to go out in the cold and rain? No problem, you can participate from your kitchen window by simply counting the birds you see out in your yard.
If you are new to the count, first register online. In 2014 there were GBBC participants in 135 countries, compiling data on the distribution and abundance of birds. During this year’s count you will be able to see the photos and lists pouring in from all over the globe.