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Great Backyard Bird Count Video

February 17, 2017

Don’t forget the GBBC starts today, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

Here’s a short video you can watch to whet your appetite.

GBBC Video

Similar to Project FeederWatch, the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) helps scientists learn about the distribution and abundance of birds. But the GBBC works a little differently and takes place over only four days—from February 17 through 20, 2017.

For the GBBC, you count the number of individuals of each species you see during a single counting session, and you submit a checklist for each counting session (not a two-day tally like you do for FeederWatch). You can count in more than one location—just submit a separate checklist for each location each time you count. You can report the same birds to GBBC that you are reporting to Project FeederWatch as well as any other birds you see, even those birds flying overhead that don’t count for FeederWatch.

With the El Niño weather phenomenon warming Pacific waters to temperatures matching the highest ever recorded, participants in the 2017 GBBC may be in for a few surprises. Information gathered and reported online at will help scientists track changes in bird distribution, some of which may be traced to El Niño storms and unusual weather patterns.
[Chuck Almdale]

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