Do you enjoy watching Birds?
Take it to the next level this year by participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count.
February 12 - 15, 2010
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1. Plan to count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count. You can count for longer than that if you wish! Count birds in as many places and on as many days as you like—one day, two days, or all four days. Submit a separate checklist for each new day. You can also submit more than one checklist per day if you count in other locations on that day.
2. Count the greatest number of individuals of each species that you see together at any one time. You may find it helpful to print out your regional bird checklist to get an idea of the kinds of birds you're likely to see in your area in February. You could take note of the highest number of each species you see on this checklist.
3. When you're finished, enter your results through our web page. You'll see a button marked "Enter Your Checklists!" on the website home page beginning on the first day of the count. It will remain active until the deadline for data submission on March 1st.
Other helpful tools and information:
Data form. Some people find it helpful to fill out the form before entering it on the website. By printing it off ahead of time, they know what information they need to be aware of, such as snow depth, for example.
GBBC Photo Contest rules
GBBC participation certificate to give out to students or to anyone who takes part in the GBBC
PowerPoint slideshow about the GBBC
Local events. Have a look at some of the events from the last count to get some ideas on what you could plan in your community for the next GBBC.If you're a teacher looking to get your class involved with the GBBC, read through our educator's materials for some ideas.
If you're new to bird watching, you might want to check out our "Learn About Birds" section. You'll find help with tricky bird identifications, choosing binoculars, bird feeding tips, and much more.