For four days data comes in from across the continent to create a snapshot of bird populations. This information shows where population numbers have increased and where they are down. It documents migration paths and changing territories of species. Every bird is important, even pigeons and house sparrows.
Counting is easy and you can do it in your backyard. You then enter your data via the Internet. For more information click the GBBC button:
When you participate in GBBC you are playing an important role in the collection of data for science. It is a great family, class or school project.
If you would like to count with people who have done it before, here are three opportunities in the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley area. Bring your own binoculars:
- Friday, Feb. 12 at 4:00-5:30 PM - Serrania Avenue Park, Woodland Hills (FREE public park, group led by Keri Dearborn, meet in the parking lot at 3:45 PM. Please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org so I will know to expect you. Some terrain moderately hilly.)
- Saturday, Feb. 13 at 8:00-10:00 AM - Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden (Zoo Membership and reservations required, reservations can be made by calling (323) 644-4702 or by e-mailing email@example.com include “Bird Walk” in the subject line. Include your name, membership number, members in your party, age of children and your phone number.)
- Sunday, Feb. 14 at 8:30-10:30 AM - Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Refuge (FREE public park, group led by Keri Dearborn, meet in the gravel parking lot across from the north entrance to the wildlife area at 8:15 AM. Please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org so I will know to expect you.)