Take Part in the Great Backyard Bird Count: Feb. 15-18

Cover photo: Snow buntings observed during the 2018 GBBC by Peter Gadd
By Kerrie Wilcox, Canadian Coordinator, Project FeederWatch, Bird Studies Canada

Join us for the next Great Backyard Bird Count
February 15-18, 2019

Are you interested in helping birds? Get involved in the 22nd annual Great Backyard Bird Count! The Great Backyard Bird Count is a global, 4 day bird count, creating a real-time snapshot of winter bird distribution around the world. You can participate in this citizen science project by counting the birds in your yard at home, neighbourhood, schoolyard or park. The data is submitted online and assists scientists with population counts and tracking bird migration.


1. Create a free GBBC account. If you are new to the Great Backyard Bird Count, FeederWatch or eBird, or have not participated in the GBBC since 2013, you can create a new account. If you have already created an account for the GBBC in the past, or if you’re already registered with eBird or FeederWatch, you can use your existing user name and password.

2. Go bird-watching! Identify and count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC. 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, for each new location, or for the same location if you counted at a different time of day. Estimate the number of individuals of each species you saw during your count period.

3. Enter your results on the GBBC website by clicking the “Submit Observations” tab on the home page. You may also download the free eBird Mobile app to enter data on a mobile device. If you already participate in the eBird citizen-science project, please use eBird to submit your sightings during the GBBC. Your checklists will count toward the GBBC.

Edit: Looking for more birding apps to get you started? Check out the Best Birding Apps [The BirdWatchers Guide for 2019] on Bird Watching Buzz.

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