It's as easy as counting the birds in your own backyard.
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) runs from February 16 to 19 in communities across the globe - in backyards, parks, nature centers, on hiking trails, school grounds—anywhere you find birds.
- Great Backyard Bird Count is a great way for people of all ages to connect with nature.
- Participation is free and easy.
- Simply count the birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days Feb 16-19.
- Then enter your checklists at birdcount.org.
All the data contributes to a snapshot of bird distribution and help scientists see changes over the past 20 years. Bird watchers from over 100 countries participated in last year’s count, documenting over 5,900 species—more than half the known bird species in the world—on more than 173,000 bird checklists.
“We are fortunate to live in an area with a healthy year-round bird population. Every person can participate, from any location, by simply counting the birds they see for 15 minutes.” - Norma Wall, President, HSV Audubon
In addition to bird observations, each year photographers submit thousands of photos of birds from their communities as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count photo contest. Members of the public are encouraged to submit their own bird photos taken during the count period as well as to explore the great photos submitted from around the world each year.
"The Great Backyard Bird Count is a great way to introduce people to participation in community science," says Audubon’s chief scientist Gary Langham. "No other program allows volunteers to take an instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations that can contribute to our understanding of how a changing climate is affecting birds."
To learn more about what scientists have learned using GBBC data visit birdcount.org. The Great Backyard Bird Count is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada and is made possible in part by sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited.
The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon's state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon's vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn more how to help at www.audubon.org and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @audubonsociety.