|Can you see the nine band-tailed pigeons (Patagioenas fasciata) in the eucalyptus tree?|
Today, Friday, February 13 marks the first day of the annual Great Backyard Bird Count 2015. All around the world people are out counting the birds in their yards, neighborhoods, parks and wild places. The real world has no fences! The Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean are my backyard!
It's easy and important. When you count and enter your data on-line at http://gbbc.birdcount.org you are contributing to science and the world's knowledge of bird populations and migration. How is the snow in Massachusetts impacting birdlife? Will they see fewer birds than the last 18 years of GBBC?
This February day in southern California is going to be in the 80s. Are our winter migratory birds still here or have they left?
How can you participate?
- Check out the easy instructions at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/get-started/
- Count days are Friday thru Monday, Feb. 13, 14, 15, and 16
- Take a minimum of 15 minutes and go outside wherever you are and count the birds you see, noting their species. (Even gulls in a parking lot count. Don't know what kind of gull it is? That is OK. If you know the basic family group–gull, sparrow, duck–GBBC has a box for basic IDs.)
|Pair of spotted towhees and a single mourning dove|
I'm going to a neighborhood park today: Serrania Park. My husband will take a few minutes at work to go outside and count. Maybe one of L.A.'s Hidden Gardens is near you. They are a great place to see birds.
Last year people counted more birds than ever. Let's break the record again. Get out there and Count Those Birds!