If you’re interested in citizen-science and birding then this is the weekend for you! Started by Cornell University and the National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count is scheduled for February 14-17, 2014. Citizens are being asked to collect data on wild birds and submit them online. It can be as simple as counting birds for at least 15 minutes in your backyard for one day or participate by visiting numerous locations over the 4 days, it’s up to you.In 2013, there were participants in 111 countries that counted over 33 million birds! These data can assist researchers in answering questions related to how climate change can affect bird populations, timing of migrations over years, and differences in bird diversity in urban, rural and natural areas, to name a few.
To get started, go to the following link http://gbbc.birdcount.org/get-started/ and register online. All the information you need to participate is on their website.I know I’ll be participating….will you?