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Add Your Sightings to The Great Backyard Bird Count During February 16-19

Don’t miss the fun! Join birders around the world and add your sightings to The Great Backyard Bird Count during February 16 – 19, 2018. It’s easy! And it’s one more way we can all support the wild birds that visit our backyard habitats.

Take Fifteen Minutes!

Count wild birds in your backyard and help create a real time, global snapshot of bird populations and their locations.

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a four day, world-wide count that helps us learn more about wild birds and changes in their territories over time.

Just three super-easy steps!

Visit for all the details, but this is basically how it works:

  1. Create your free Great Backyard Bird Count account at

  2. Count birds for at least 15 minutes during February 16-19. You can submit more checklists! Keep a checklist for each count you do in additional locations, different times or on other days during the GBBC.

  3. Submit your results on the GBBC website or download the free eBird Mobile app

Backyard Birders Contribute Critical Data

The GBBC is just one project for which EVERY backyard birder's observations make a difference. See Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's Citizen Scientists to contribute to projects like  FeederWatch, NestWatch and HabitatNetwork.

How Your Counting Helps Wild Birds

Collected data helps scientists determine how birds are affected by habitat loss, pollution, disease, and climate change. Knowing where greatest needs are for species-specific conservation leads to targeted action to help birds' survival.

Teachers & Parents:

This is THE perfect opportunity to share your love of birding with kids. Find tips, download free activities and more at BirdSleuth K-12.

Header image: ‘American Robin Puddle Party’ by Bill Bunn (via Flickr)