Each February citizen scientists come together to collect data about wild birds from across the globe.
Since 1998 the Cornell Lab of Orthinology and the National Audubon Society have hosted the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). Birds Canada joined the project in 2009 and in 2013 the GBBC went global.
Join the Fun
Participating in this important project is easy and open to all ages. I have found the annual event to be a terrific family tradition that connects the generations through nature.
How To Get Started
Step 1: Decide where you will watch birds.
Step 2: Watch birds for 15 minutes or more, at least once over the four days, February 18-21, 2022.
Step 3: Count all the birds you see or hear within your planned time/location and use the best tool for sharing your bird sightings:
If you have participated in the count before, try eBird Mobile app or enter your bird list on the eBird website (desktop/laptop).
How to Enter Data
If you are NEW to the Great Backyard Bird Count and have a smartphone, use the Merlin Bird ID app to enter your first bird. It is FREE and easy to use.
If you are already using eBird to track your birding activity, the FREE eBird Mobile app is a fast way to enter your bird lists right from the palm of your hand.
If you prefer to enter your sightings on a computer, perhaps after making a list while on a hike or watching your feeders, check out this walk-through how.
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