The Great Backyard Bird Count will take place February 17–20, when bird watchers across the United States and Canada will tally millions of birds in the annual count coordinated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon, and Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada.
No one expects you to sit at your window and count birds for four days. All you need is 15 minutes on one of the four days (or more, of course).
Here’s how you can participate:
1. Count birds for 15 minutes, in as many places and on as many days (during the count period) as you like and submit a separate checklist for each new day.
2. Count the greatest number of individuals of each species that you see together at any one time. For a list of birds you’re likely to see in this area in February, click on this regional bird checklist and type in your zipcode. Unsure how to identify the birds you see? Refer to one of the many online bird guides.
Club member Sunny Frank took these photos of birds in her Crofton yard. You can click on the photos to enlarge them.