2011 Great Backyard Bird Count On This WeekendFeb 18th, 2011 | By Roy Rasmussen | Category: Green Living
The 2011 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) began Friday, February 18 and will run through Monday, February 21. During these four days, everyone in the United States and Canada is invited to observe the birds in their area, tally the highest number of birds of each species seen together at any one time, and report the results online.
Scientists use the count to observe more birds than they could observe by themselves. The information is used to collect information about such topics as bird distribution, declines in species population, bird migration habits, the effects of temperature on birds, and the effect of diseases on bird populations.
Participants can send in photographs of birds they see for entry into a contest. Images will be judged by a panel of six experts in six categories: Overall, Bird in its habitat, Behavior, Group shot (2 or more birds), Composition, and People enjoying birds. Select images will be posted with credit to the photographer in an online photo gallery of winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions. Donated prizes include bird feeders, bird identification guides, and an iPod with an Audubon app.
During the count, anyone can use the Internet to see what is being reported from their own location or anywhere in the United States and Canada. They can also compare how this year’s totals compare with previous years.
The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada.
For more information, visit the Great Backyard Bird Count website at http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc.