The Great Backyard Bird Count 2014

Robin Great Backyard Bird Count

I don’t know what it is about birds, but I’ve always been a little bit obsessed with them. We always have at least a finch feeder out, and I get so much enjoyment from watching them out my back window.

Learning about birds, feeding the birds, and observing the birds that make frequent your little corner of the world is a wonderful way to connect kids with nature in a very real way. It takes very little time or money, and it can be done year-round.

Great Backyard Bird Count

Every year the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society partner together for the Great Backyard Bird Count. This year’s GBBC is right around the corner, February 14-17, 2014. The goal of the GBBC is to collect data on wild birds, which in turn helps scientists learn more about wild birds and to get the big picture on the status of the wild bird population. It helps them learn about things like how climate change is affecting bird populations, migration patterns of different species, if bird diseases are affecting birds in different regions, and the differences in bird species and numbers in urban, suburban and rural areas.

The best part about the GBBC is that they want and need your help! Simply spend at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC tallying the numbers and kinds of birds you see. Everything you need to know about how to participate can be found at  Beyond learning more about the birds in your own backyard, it’s a cool way to be a part of a great big science project. And I’m always a fan of using resources like bird guides to foster a love of non-fiction reading and research skills. Of course there’s also an online bird guide and some cool birding apps for your tech-loving kids.

Hawk Great Backyard Bird Count

We’ll be participating as a family – hope you’ll join us!