1 little chickadee. 2 little chickadees. 3 little chickadees’.
Though it may sound like an episode of Sesame Street, it’s really part of the Great Backyard Bird Count, an important study sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited that helps better define bird ranges, populations, migration pathways and habitat needs.
The Eleventh Annual Great Backyard Bird Count is a joint project between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society that takes place February 15 – 18. Anyone can participate, from beginning birdwatchers to experts. Participants count birds at birdfeeders and in backyards, local parks or other locations for a minimum of 15 minutes per day. Those tallies are then reported online through the BirdSource web site (www.birdsource.org/gbbc).
More than 60,000 people have annually contributed in recent counts, and more are expected to join in this year. Read more.