The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at www.birdcount.org.
Best best news -- anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.
Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. Last year, more than 140,000 participants submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.
The 19th annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 12, through Monday, February 15, 2016. Please visit the official website at for more information and be sure to check out the latest educational and promotional resources.
The first thing is to register. Next you count. Then you report. Three simple things that make a HUGE difference! Check out the informative links below.
Downloadable instructions can be found here.
A how-to slideshow can be found here.
Help and FAQs are found here.
The 2016 Data Form is found here.
Bird lists can be found here.
Online bird guide can be found here.
Get out there and get counting!