Citizen Science: The Great Backyard Bird Count

Yellow-crowned night-heron. Courtesy: Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge
Yellow-crowned night-heron. Courtesy: Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The weather looks great this weekend to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count! The free and fun worldwide citizen science project runs from February 17-20, 2017.

The first annual Great Backyard Bird Count was held in 1998. In 2016, 162,052 checklists were submitted by people from more than 100 different countries and 5,689 species were spotted, about half of all of the known bird species on Earth.

People from all over the world spend their time in the great outdoors counting the types and number of birds they see from their location. Scientists will use the information collected to help them understand the health of bird populations.

Participating is easy. Register for free on the event’s website here, next count birds for a minimum of 15 minutes, recording the start and end time, location, and number and types of birds. You can record in multiple locations, just make sure to use a separate checklist for each location.

Finally, upload your data to the event’s website. There is also a photo contest! Make sure you use the hashtag #GBBC to follow Great Backyard Bird Count conversations on Twitter and Facebook.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada.




– Meteorologist Pierce Legeion

Pierce Legeion is a meteorologist and digital journalist for WNCT 9 First Alert Weather.



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