Help Birds You See Every Day: Great Backyard Bird Count 2019 Starts Friday

Bird count participants record the species they spotted while visiting Central Park, NYC. Photo: Camilla Cerea / Audubon

Did you know more than 160,000 people worldwide step outside the third weekend in February to count birds each year? This weekend is The Great Backyard Bird Count.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an easy way for people to help the birds they see every day.

In as little as 15 minutes, people of all ages and walks of life from around the globe simply count birds in their own backyards or neighborhoods and then provide data that help scientists to better understand birds and our environment.

Bird and nature fans throughout North America are invited to join tens of thousands of everyday bird watchers for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), which takes place Friday through Monday over President’s Day Weekend each February.

A joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, this free event is an opportunity for families, students, and people of all ages to discover the wonders of nature in backyards, schoolyards, and local parks, and, at the same time, make an important contribution to conservation.

Anyone can take part, from novice bird watchers to experts, by counting birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the event and reporting their sightings online. Participants can also explore what birds others are finding in their backyards—whether in their own neighborhood or thousands of miles away.

Select here to report your sightings or for more information on the Great Backyard Bird Count