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Wild Birds Unlimited Wants Everyone to Help The Birds
By Wild Birds Unlimited
Photographs courtesy of Wild Birds Unlimited
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a fun, simple, four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. It’s a study that helps better define bird ranges, populations, migration pathways and conservation needs. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate anywhere in the world!
The 23rd Annual GBBC is led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, with support from Bird Studies Canada. It takes place Friday through Monday, February 14–17, 2020. Wild Birds Unlimited is proud to be a founding and major sponsor.
The data for the count will be powered by eBird, an online checklist program for all of the world’s 10,240 bird species. Birders can view what others see on interactive maps, keep their own records, and have their tallies recorded. Last year, more than 209,000 checklists were submitted, continuing the world's largest instantaneous snapshot of bird populations being recorded.
The North American bird population has decreased by 2.9 billion breeding adults, a net loss of 29% over the last half-century.* Scientists have identified habitat loss as the biggest reason for the decline. You can help the birds by participating in the GBBC. Citizen-science programs like this help scientists better understand bird populations.