The Great Backyard Bird count has begun! Starting today, February 14th until Monday, February 17th you are invited to join this citizen science project in which people all over the world spend at least 15 minutes simply counting the numbers and kinds of birds that they see.
This project began in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. Just last year over 200,000 people in 100 countries participated and counting over 6,800 species of birds.
The data collected from the Great Backyard Bird Count helps scientist learn more about bird populations including population fluctuation, migration timing, effects of climate change, etc. This is extremely important as birds are great indicator species and in North America we have seen significant decline in bird population in the past 50 years!
So please take 15 minutes of you time today, tomorrow, Sunday and/or Monday and participate in this amazing opportunity to contribute to scientific research!
Birds as Indicator Species – Ornithology: The Science of Birds
North America has lost more than 1 in 4 birds in the last 50 years, new study says – National Audubon Society