17th annual great backyard bird count
Santa Fe, NM (KTSM) — This year, bird watchers from more than 100 countries are expected to participate in the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), February 14–17, 2014.
The information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track the health of bird populations at a scale that would not otherwise be possible.
The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada.
Last year’s Great Backyard Bird Count shattered records after going global for the first time, thanks to integration with the eBird online checklist program launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab and Audubon.
Participants reported their bird sightings from all 7 continents, including 111 countries and independent territories.
More than 34.5 million birds and 3,610 species were recorded—nearly one-third of the world’s total bird species documented in just four days.
To learn more about how to join the count visit www.birdcount.org and view the winning photos from the 2013 GBBC photo contest.