The Great Backyard Bird Count is almost here!

We’d like to remind you that the 12th annual Great Backyard Bird Count takes place this coming Friday through Monday, Februrary 13-16.

We hope you’ll join bird watchers in your town and across North America who are planning to tally the birds they see in backyards, parks, nature centers, and public lands. Just watch birds for at least 15 minutes and tally the highest number of each species you see together at one time. Then file your reports online at where you can see results showing up on our maps in real time.

The Great Backyard Bird Count, hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, includes a photo contest and drawings for great prizes awarded to participants.

Most importantly it gathers a massive amount of data about where the birds are, and in what numbers, during late winter. All this information goes into databases that scientists use to better understand the movement and distribution of bird populations. The information you give us gets more and more valuable as we track the impacts of habitat loss, climate change, and disease on our birds over time.

If you’ve never participated before—give it a try! If you’re a veteran of the GBBC, thank you—and keep counting!

Thank you for caring about the birds,

Your friends at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Thank you for your membership, past and present, in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Your support helps us solve critical problems facing birds and other wildlife by using the best science and technology—and by inspiring people of all ages and walks of life to care about and protect the planet.

To make a donation, call (800) 843-2473 or visit our secure online donation page.


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