13th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count

The 13th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is starting today! Are you taking part?

The GBBC is a four day event that captures a “snapshot” of where the birds are across North America. By counting for fifteen minutes (or more) and tallying species by highest number of individuals seen at one time, anyone can become a Citizen Scientist. Any level of birder can participate!

What’s in your backyard? (Red-tailed Hawk)
Red-tailed Hawk

Last year, according to Audubon, “participants turned in more than 93,600 checklists online, creating the continent’s largest instantaneous snapshot of bird populations”.

The Birdfreaks are counting in three separate cities this year: Rockford, Illinois (parents, Susie and her girls), Genoa, Illinois (Eddie and Stacia), and Findlay, Ohio (Jennie and Dakota).

We’ll be posting our results next week. Good birding to you!

Snow or shine: it’s the easiest count of the year! (Pine Siskin)
Pine Siskin {Carduelis pinus}

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