Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Well then, how about participating in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Great Backyard Bird Count, which is currently underway (February 13th through 16th). Check out http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/ for more details (including a printable bird tally list for your area):
February 2004 — Scientists and bird enthusiasts can learn a lot by knowing where the birds are. Now that winter has gripped much of the continent, what are our birds doing? Bird populations are dynamic, they are constantly in flux. We want to take a snapshot of North American bird populations and YOU can help us. Everyone’s contribution is important. It doesn’t matter whether you identify, count, and report the 5 species coming to your backyard feeder or the 75 species you see during a day’s outing to a wildlife refuge. Your data can help us answer many questions:
– How will this winter’s snow and cold temperatures influence bird populations?
– Where are the WINTER finches and other irruptive species?
– Will late winter movements of many SONGBIRD and waterfowl species be as far north as they were last year?
As of 2004-02-14 23:29:52.0 the total tally is as follows:
Total Checklists Submitted: 8,325
Total Species Observed: 436