Month: February 2009

Ready Set Count

In a couple of weeks Pam and I will take part in our first “official” bird count, The Great Backyard Birdcount 2009. The GBBC is a project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.  It is annual event that takes place in February.

Lots of Participants

In 2008 over 85,000 checklists were submitted and over 9.8 million birds of 635 species were reported.  Obviously, lots of people take part.  We’re looking forward to being part of the 2009 edition.

Our Plan

The count takes place from February 13th to the 16th.  We will be around most of the weekend except for a few hours on Saturday.  Our plan is to spend some time Saturday afternoon as well as Sunday morning and afternoon recording all the birds we see in our backyard during those times.  Hopefully, we have some good activity and are able to get some good counts.  This will be a good opportunity to test our identification and “binocular handling” abilities.  We have a fairly large backyard so we will need to pay attention and count correctly.

A Good Opportunity

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a great way to participate in birding.  You don’t need to be experts, Pam and I definitely aren’t  , and the information you gather is used to further science.  If you are getting started in birding like we are, this is a great way to contribute and have fun at the same time.

To learn more about the GBBC, visit their site, then get ready to count!