This is short notice, but you only need 15 minutes to help out our feathered friends, and lookie there, tomorrows a holiday! A resident bird lover sent this in to share with you, from our local Wild Bird Care Centre, posted the other day:
18 February kickedoff the 25th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (#GBBC).
This online citizen-science project collects data on wild birds and displays the results in real-time. The event is held over 4 days each February (conveniently during family day weekend for us in Ontario) and takes as little as 15 minutes to participate. Last year over 300,000 participants submitted 379,726 observation checklists and identified 6,436 wild bird species! The collective effort of participants gives a worldwide snapshot of bird populations and the data is very useful to scientists who monitor populations and trends. This event is a powerful reminder that hundreds of thousands of us are united worldwide through our enjoyment of watching birds and wild bird conservation!
It is free and easy to participate. You can count birds anywhere you would like!
1) Check out https://www.birdcount.org/participate/
2) Decide on your birding spot and count all the birds you see or hear for at least 15 minutes.
3) Use Merlin ID app or the ebird app/online to submit your sightings.
Even if you are not participating we encourage you to check out https://www.birdcount.org/ to see the real-time data map and participant photos from areas near where you live and all your favourite places around the world!