Backyard Birding

Great Backyard Bird Count

Backyard bird count

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes or as long as they wish on one or more days of the event and then report their sightings online.

Anyone can take part in the count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can now participate from anywhere in the world. It’s free, fun, and easy.

Each checklist submitted during the bird count 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 and the environment we share. Last year, participants turned in more than 144,000 online checklists, creating the world’s largest instantaneous snapshot of bird populations ever recorded.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is typically held in February. Visit the official website for more information.