Daily Archives: February 18, 2011

The Great Backyard Bird Count in North America: Feb 18 – 21

Make This Weekend Count for Birds!

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is here! Make sure your plans for the long President’s Day weekend include counting the birds you see in your own backyard, local park – and any other places you like to bird in your neighborhood. The count starts today, February 18th and continues through Monday, February 21st.

The GBBC is not only a great way to share your love of birds with friends and family, the information you gather also helps scientist learn more about bird population trends. To participate, simply tally birds for at least 15 minutes on any day of the count, then go to http://www.birdcount.org and enter the highest number of each species you see at one time. You can submit multiple tallies at different times and places over the weekend. The website also makes it easy to explore what others in your community and throughout the U.S. and Canada are seeing.

Last year, participants submitted over 97,000 bird checklists from across the United States and Canada. We’re hoping for more than 100,000 this year, with a boost from new outreach, including promotion this past Wednesday on aol.com. And we’re counting on each of you to do your part!

Now in its 14th year, the GBBC is co-founded by Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology, with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada.

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Spring Break for the Birds: Help Gulf Oil Spill Recovery

Break for the Birds This is a very cool idea!

The National Audubon Society in partnership with Weeks Bay Reserve is offering an Alternative Spring Break to assist in the Gulf oil spill recovery efforts in Mississippi and Alabama. Students participating in our “Break for the Birds” will be busy surveying refuges and beaches, removing invasive species to provide healthy habitats, and creating outreach and awareness education for the local community. Additional activities may include kayaking, canoeing, and hiking. If you are a college student with some science study background and would like to apply, please visit: www.audubonaction.org/springbreak to fill out an application.

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