Great Backyard Bird Count 2018 (GBBC)

Binoculars? Check. Pencil and bird list? Check. It’s the 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) weekend where you’ll find me counting birds for at least 15-minutes a day for four days starting today, February 16 until Monday, February 19.  Last year, over 160,000 folks participated and logged their findings online.

It’s not hard to do and it ends up being a lot of fun for adults and children. Citizen scientists can count birds on any one day or on all four days. Pick the time of day. Pick the same site or different sites. On the website, you will post your findings and the accumulated data will help researchers at Cornell and the National Audubon Society find out how the avian population is doing and steps needed to protect birds.

To make it even easier, you can print out a checklist of birds that are in your area from the website. Check out the GBBC site above and to follow the easy directions, then post your findings.


“Spring is coming. Spring is coming. Spring is coming.”

10 thoughts on “Great Backyard Bird Count 2018 (GBBC)

    • A number of birdwatchers in New England (including us) have noticed a drop in the number of birds visiting feeders since last fall. I have the usual suspects at the feeders but not the great number of birds as in previous years. It could be because food is more plentiful in the wild after our two-year drought and/or it could be an increase in the hawk population at feeders. Maybe there will be an answer from Cornell after our weekend count is done.


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