The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is coming soon: February 15th-18th, 2013. This may be the easiest citizen science project to participate in. Everyone can participate and you can do so without even leaving the comfort of your home.
All birders (and “almost” birders) are welcome to join in. It is just a three-step process:
1. Create an account for the GBBC; if you already eBird you can use the same login
2. Count birds! 15 minutes is the minimum and you don’t have to count every day (although why not?)
3. Enter your results on the GBBC website or eBird
But the best part of the Great Backyard Bird Count is getting kids involved. What a perfect time to sit down, watch birds, and practice identification.
Feeder watching is one of the best ways to learn about birds. These are usually common species that can be seen up close and for long periods of time. If your feeders are really hopping then there is the likeliness of size comparison between different species.
The GBBC has a whole section for kids that includes printable coloring pages, puzzles, a sound quiz, and other identification tools.
The Great Backyard Bird Count is really a perfect way to get the whole family more interested in birds and to participate in some citizen science.
Plus, who doesn’t enjoy watching birds on a cold winter day?