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21th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count

The 21st Annual Great Backyard Bird Count 
Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19

Everyone is asked to count. All ages and levels of birding experience are asked to participate. It's fun! It's easy to do! It's a great family or school activity!  It's for the birds!

Great Backyard Bird Count

Nebraska checklist of birds common in February

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages and levels of birding experience in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are.

GBBC checklists can be accepted from anywhere in the world! Everyone is welcome--from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds.

Participants tally the number of individual birds of each species they see during their count period. They enter these numbers on the GBBC website. As the count progresses, anyone with Internet access can explore what is being reported. Participants may also send in photographs of the birds they see for the GBBC photo contest. A selection of images is posted in the online photo gallery.

Why count birds during the Great Backyard Bird Count?

Scientists and bird enthusiasts can learn a lot by knowing where the birds are. Bird populations are dynamic; they are constantly in flux. No single scientist or team of scientists could hope to document and understand the complex distribution and movements of so many species in such a short time.

Scientists use the GBBC information, along with observations from other citizen-science projects, such as the Christmas Bird Count, Project Feeder Watch, and eBird, to get the “big picture” about what is happening to bird populations. The longer these data are collected, the more meaningful they become in helping scientists investigate far-reaching questions, like these:

  • How will the weather influence bird populations?
  • Where are winter finches and other “irruptive” species that appear in large numbers during some years but not others?
  • How will the timing of birds’ migrations compare with past years?
  • How are bird diseases, such as West Nile virus, affecting birds in different regions?
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