How many birds will you see in your backyard this weekend? Count them up and join the global bird count this Family Day long weekend.
The 25th annual Great Backyard Bird Count runs from February 18 to February 21, and will help researchers at the Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Birds Canada to learn more about how birds are doing, how to protect them and the environment that they live in.
Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes or as long as you like on the Family Day weekend and submit the count on the official website, birdcount.org
Whether you count the birds that visit your backyard feeder or walk through any area near you to spot any birds, you can make a list and submit it to be included in the global count.
In recent years more than 300,000 lists were logged, by watchers all over the world. A real time snapshot of bird populations.
Of course some birds, like the blue jay and cardinal are familiar to us, but some arenot, and the Merlin Bird ID app can help.
Birds are wonderful, special creatures of the natural world and their survival is constantly threatened by human and natural activity.