Do you love all things birds, nature, and want to contribute to scientific studies easily? Join in on the 25th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, hosted by Cornell Ornithology. This global event includes roughly 100 million bird sightings each year and wildlife biologists, climate change scientists, and others use that data to create scientific models, create conservation strategies, and understand population movements.
This event takes place closely after Valentine’s Day (February 14th), each year. This helps provide data for bird movement right before they get ready to migrate in the spring!
Yes! While many community science projects require training for their volunteers to go through, this is a simple count for the whole family!
While you can count anywhere, search to see if any local nature centers or environmental organization are leading bird walks and counts. If so, then you would be participating in a group count.
Group counts are recorded differently, so consult with the count organizer about how they will be collecting sightings and documenting. You can learn more about group counts HERE.
Can’t participate, but still want to support bird conservation and habitat protection? Snag some The Art of Ecology swag and a portion of the proceeds will benefit wildlife conservation efforts!