February 2011 eNewsletter

The Great Backyard Bird Count is less than two weeks away: February 18-21. 

Freebie Facts about Feeder Favorites

The folks at Birds of North America Online are offering free access to accounts for five species commonly reported during the GBBC: Mourning Dove, American Goldfinch, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, and White-throated Sparrow. These accounts have newly updated information on distinguishing characteristics, along with photos and video. To view these life history accounts simply visit BNA Online at  http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/ and click on one of the photos along the right-hand side of the page for the species you would like to review. This is a chance to have a look at what BNA Online has to offer for FREE and learn the most current information available about some of our most beloved backyard birds. 

Narrow Down that Sparrow

Identifying sparrows has got to be one of the biggest challenges for birders—there are so many flavors of “little brown birds” out there. For this month’s quiz, try your hand at identifying the sparrows below. Here are your choices: Savannah, Fox, Chipping, and Tree sparrow. You’ll find a couple of others as well when you head over to the answer page. Good luck!  

Missed our previous newsletters and quizzes? You can access them here:

October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
• January 2011

Prizes for You!  

Anyone who submits a checklist for the GBBC is eligible for prizes. We’ve got another batch of great ones this year, donated by Wild Birds Unlimited, Droll Yankees, Green Mountain Digital, DK Publishing, Bird Studies Canada, the National Audubon Society, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Take a look at our GBBC prize page to see what you could win!

Let's Get All A-Twitter

Now is the time to really ramp up your social networking to spread the word about the upcoming GBBC. People often tell us they never saw anything about the count in the commercial media--so perhaps the best way to make sure nobody misses out is to make sure everyone in your circle of family, friends, and acquaintances is aware of the dates and where they can go for more information--www.birdcount.org. The Twitter widget is on the GBBC home page, so any tweet tagged with #gbbc will show up there. And don't forget to visit the GBBC Facebook page and become a fan! With your help we can make this yet another record-breaking year!

To Err is Human—But We’ve Got a Form for That

Now there’s an easier way to correct mistakes on checklists. When the count begins on February 18, we’ll post the cute little button you see here. Click on it and you will be taken to a short correction form, if you need it.

New Portal for Canadian GBBC

In mid-January we launched a new “doorway” to the GBBC for our participants from Canada. To find it, just go to www.birdcount.ca. It’s going to look pretty familiar, but it also contains some new content specifically for our Canadian bird watchers, contributed by Bird Studies Canada. 

See you on February 18 for the start of the Great Backyard Bird Count!


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 www.birds.cornell.edu.

Now in its second century, Audubon connects people with birds, nature and the environment that supports us all. Our national network of community-based nature centers, chapters, scientific, education, and advocacy programs engages millions of people from all walks of life in conservation action to protect and restore the natural world. www.audubon.org  

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 organizationwww.birdscanada.org  


National Audubon Society  
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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 N0E 1M0 Canada
Call: (888) 448-2473 or (519) 586-3531

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