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Audubon & the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
announce the 16th annual
Great Backyard Bird Count
February 17-20, 2012
Cedar Waxwing
photo by Dr. Bruce Odou
Allen's Hummingbird
photo by Dr. Bruce Odou
6 Hermit Thrushes
photo by Gary Meredith
Join the Great Backyard Bird Count!
Help scientists track birds in your community!

FEBRUARY 17 - 20

Tens of thousands of people will be outside (or looking through their windows), counting birds. Feb. 17 - 20 (GBBC) to see how your local birds fit into the landscape of North America.

You'll learn more about the birds around you. People of all ages and all levels of experience and skill can take part. Whether you count the five species at your backyard feeder, or the 74 species you see during a day's visit to your neighborhood park or wildlife refuge, it's important that you report what you see to the GBBC website http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc . Your bird list, however short or long, helps us all understand more about birds across the continent, as indicators of the state of the world around us. As you enter your results, you'll see how a group of tens of thousands of birdwatchers can paint a picture of our birds in winter.

In 2006, with cold air trapped in Canada and Alaska by a northerly jet stream, and a record-breaking warm winter in the lower 48, GBBC results revealed:

an increase in the numbers and northern distribution of Tree Swallow to 20 U.S. states;

Common Repolls and other winter finches remained in northern Canada in the West, and flooded south in the east;

American Robins returning early to the Northwest were pushed back to cold weather in British Columbia rest in huge numbers in the fruit-growing areas of Washington state;

record counts of Snowy Owls south of the U.S.-Canada border;

Pine Warbler and Orange-crowned Warbler reported by more observers farther north into Nova Scotia and British Columbia.

Join other birders this year, and have fun as you learn more about the birds around you.

If you like birds and want to help them . . . count for the birds Feb. 17-20!

It's easy. . . Here's what you do -
1.  COUNT THE BIRDS in  your backyard, local park, or other natural area on any of the four count days. For each species of bird that you see, record the highest number of individuals that you observe at any one time during your count.  Don't add a bird every time you see one at your feeder;  you could be counting the same individual.
2.  WATCH THE BIRDS FOR AT LEAST 15 MINUTES on each day that you participate.
4. IF YOU HAVE A COMPUTER WITH INTERNET ACCESS, you can enter your count on-line at the Great Backyard Bird Count site.  Go to the following site and follow the directions:  http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc  . View your results.  After you've entered your count for the day, visit the Map room and see results from across the country.
5.  FOR QUESTIONS OR ASSISTANCE, contact Nancy Kenyon at (949) 786-3160.

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