Event: The Great Backyard Bird Count
Date: Each February (Presidents' Day weekend, Friday through Monday).
Location: Anywhere (although nature centers, parks, and birdwatching groups may sponsor special events and outings)
Organizer: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society (U.S.); Bird Studies Canada
What to do: Count birds! Spend at least 15 minutes watching birds on one or several of the four days of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Keep a list of what kinds of birds you see and how many. Report your findings at the Great Backyard Bird Count site. No experience necessary; you'll find field guides and other how-tos at the GBBC site too.
Ornithologists add all the GBBC reports to a huge database on birds. They use the info to study how bird populations are changing, where birds migrate, and much more.
For more information: The Great Backyard Bird Count site
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