The Great Backyard Bird Count

 Photo Cred:  Wildaboutbirds.com

Photo Cred: Wildaboutbirds.com

Hello friends! Mark your calendars for the Great Backyard Bird Count!  This activity is a great chance to get outside, explore with your little ones, and participate in Citizen Science! This year the Great Backyard Bird Count will be held  February 17 through February 20 and anyone can participate. All it takes is 15 minutes of your time!  For at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the bird count, count the numbers and kinds of birds you see. Report your results to the Great Backyard Bird Count where your data will be processed and shown in near real-time! You can count once, twice, or as many times as you'd like during the four-day period.  

The best part about the Great Backyard Bird Count is that you don't even have to leave your house! However, it is always get together with friends so consider hosting a backyard bird count at your home. Spend some time counting and submitting your results, then make some hot chocolate and make some DIY birdfeeders.  To save you some time, I've posted a few on my Pinterest- Backyard and Garden page. 

Information on the Great Backyard Bird Count is available on their website, including instructions, data forms, and tips for bird identification. You can even download the eBird app to make reporting that much easier. 

If you want to get out of the house, the closest event I've found is at Waterfall Glen in Darien. I'm late to the game this year, but next year I'll be hosting an event in the western suburbs, if all goes well. I plan on inviting some friends and/or family over for a fun day of bird counting, crafting, and citizen-science.  Let me know how your day goes and what types of birds you saw!

Happy Bird Counting!