The Great Backyard Bird Count 2017
Nineteen years and still growing! The Great Backyard Bird Count was launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. It was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. It has now become a global event.
You may ask why is this important and what is the data collected used for? Scientists have several tools to determine what is happening to bird populations. The data we collect over the years is one of those tools. It shows how a species’ range expands or shrinks over time. A decline in populations can signal that something has changed with their habitat and habitat that we all rely on. It’s important that we pay attention to these changes since they are closely tied to our environmental health.
The count begins on February 17th through the 20th. You can count anywhere, not just your backyard. Count the birds you see for a least 15 minutes. Then enter your totals online. If you haven’t participated before, you’ll need to create an free online account. For detailed information, go to birdcount.org. Have fun and know that you are participating in a valuable citizen-science project.
If you want to join an organized field trip, come to Cedar Point Preserve on the 19th.