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Great Backyard Bird Count

a blue jay in the winter in a tree
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Birding is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy nature in the winter without having to tackle the technical skills required for many winter sports. Appropriate for all ages, birding is an exciting learning experience that can lead to a lifelong hobby. It’s also a fun way to engage in citizen science.

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a fun event for bird watchers of all ages and abilities, from beginners to experts. The 24th annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 12, through Monday, February 15, 2021. Participants are needed! To help, you will need to count birds for at least 15 minutes (or longer if you wish) for one or more days of the four-day event. You can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.

Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing and how to protect them. Last year, almost 270,000 people participated in the GBBC. Let’s top that number this year! For more information or to submit checklists visit

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