This weekend is the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. During February 18–21 the GBBC will create an instantaneous snapshot of birdlife across the U.S. and Canada for all to see.
Anyone can help by tallying birds for at least 15 minutes on any day of the count. At the GBBC website you can enter the highest number of each species seen at any one time and watch as the tallies grow across the continent. Coordinated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada, the four-day count typically records more than 10 million observations.
Last year’s participants reported more than 1.8 million American Robins, as well as rarities such as the first Red-billed Tropicbird in the count’s 13-year history.
For more information, including bird-ID tips, instructions, and past results, visit www.birdcount.org. The count also includes a photo contest, and a prize drawing for participants who enter their bird checklists online.