Happy New Year Everyone!
Hard to believe it is already February. It has been a very busy month. For many of you in the U.S., this is a holiday weekend due to President’s Day. If you have some extra time on your hands due to the holiday, consider signing up for the Great Backyard Bird Count.
Sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada, this event invites people worldwide to take 15 minutes to count birds from wherever they are. Whether you are in your backyard, at a park or just taking a stroll, consider entering your observations this weekend. This event helps scientists and bird enthusiasts track bird populations from across the globe.
It takes about 5 minutes to sign up for a free account. After that, you just sign back in and enter your checklist of birds. The site gives you a ready made list of possible birds in your area with links to information about the various bird species in your area to help make positive identifications on birds.
There’s no need to photograph your observations, but to post photos to accompany your observations, you’ll need to upload them to a site, such as your WordPress blog.
For example, this particular sighting of this raptor has me stumped, so I’m posting it here to upload with my checklist.
The count continues through tomorrow, 2/17/14, so there is still plenty of time to participate. Just visit http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ to get started.
Happy Bird Watching!