GBBC participant newsletter - February, 2010

Photo by Caroline Goodrich, Florida. 2009 GBBC
Are You Ready for the GBBC?

The Great Backyard Bird Count is almost here! It starts this Friday, February 12, and continues through Monday, February 15. It's easy and fun to participate. Just watch birds for at least 15 minutes at any locaton on one or more days of the count and report the highest number of each species you see together at one tme. For more information and birding tips be sure to visit theGBBC website and check out this year's great drawing prizes for GBBC participants. You must do your bird counts over the four days of the GBBC but you have until March 1 to enter your information through the GBBC website and to send us your entries for the GBBC photo contest.

Snazzy New Maps

We've just added new and improved navigable Google maps to the GBBC website. Use the plus/minus buttons to zoom in closer and move around the map of North America (or any state and province map, including Hawaii, in the results section). The maps will be updated every half-hour during the GBBC so you can see them change as the reports pour in.

Photo by Andrea Bolton, Ontario. 2009 GBBC
Tell Us Your Stories

Please take a moment after the GBBC to tell us about special experiences you may have had--whether it was sharing bird-watching quality time with a grandchild, spotting a species you've never seen before, or anything else that made participation meaningful to you. We'll share a selection of your stories on the GBBC website after the count. You can send a short paragraph (and photos, if you have them) to any of the following:


     Bird Studies Canada:

     Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

Join us for what promises to be the greatest Great Backyard Bird Count ever!

Tom Bancroft, VP and Chief Scientist, National Audubon Society

Janis Dickinson, Citizen Science Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Jon McCracken, Director of National Programs, Bird Studies Canada

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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a nonprofit membership institution interpreting and conserving the earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. Visit the Cornell Lab’s website at

Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Our national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in conservation.    

Bird Studies Canada ( administers regional, national, and international research and monitoring programs that advance the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of wild birds and their habitats. We are Canada’s national body for bird conservation and science, and we are a non-governmental charitable organization. 

National Audubon Society
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014
Call: (212) 979-3000

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Call toll-free (800) 843-2473

Bird Studies Canada
Box 160, Port Rowan, ON
Canada N0E 1M0
Call: (888) 448-2473 or (519) 586-3531

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