Do something romantic this weekend - Go to your favorite outdoor location and count birds.
Friday, Feb. 14 - Monday, Feb. 17
Across four days each year, people across the country count bird species to take a snapshot of avian populations.
I even try to count the parking-lot birds at my local coffee house at least once over the GBBC weekend. All wild birds are important. If you don't see anything, that is important too.
The Great Backyard Bird Count is one of the country's largest citizen scientist opportunities. What you count is important for scientists who study bird populations, migration, the impact of climate change, and specific species information.
- You can count for 15 minutes or longer.
- Watch from a stationary location, like a window, take a walk in your neighborhood, or visit a park.
- Watch in your yard or even from a terrace.
The mourning dove pictured here is typically in the top ten species list for every U.S. state. They are daily visitors to our yard. But last year, mourning doves fell off the lists for some states. Will they be back on the top ten list across the country this year? Or will they continue to decline?
The more people that count, the greater the nationwide picture of how birds are doing.
Check out the Great Backyard Bird Count website for more information. And GO Count!