Great Backyard Bird Count
Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) was the first online citizen-science project (also referred to as community science) to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real time. Birds Canada joined the project in 2009 to provide an expanded capacity to support participation in Canada. In 2013, we became a global project when we began entering data into eBird, the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science (community science) project.
Each February, for four days, the world comes together for the love of birds. Over these four days you are invited to spend time in your favorite places watching and counting as many birds as you can find and report them. These observations help scientists better understand global bird populations before one of their annual migrations.
This year the GBBC is celebrating 25 years of coming together to watch, learn about, count, and celebrate birds.
How to participate: birdcount.org/participate
FREE 2022 Webinar from GBBC
Join our experts as we brush up on bird ID, unlock the mystery of bird songs, and practice counting birds no matter how large the flock or busy the feeder. This webinar is designed for birders of all ages and experience—you’ll leave confident and ready to be part of the GBBC! Register here.