Bird lovers: It's time to go birdwatching this weekend — in your backyard. The Great Backyard Bird Count — hosted by Audubon and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology — needs your help counting birds from Feb. 18 to Feb. 21.
Why should you participate? Your leisurely survey — collected with everyone else’s backyard fun — will “create an instantaneous snapshot of birdlife across the U.S. and Canada for all to see,” according to the Count’s website.
And you don’t need to make a huge time commitment to be a citizen scientist. Just 15 minutes spent surveying the skies and the landscape is enough. To prepare, print out a regional bird checklist so you have a sense of what to expect. Post-count, enter your data on the Count’s results page before March 1.
Think birdwatching is more fun as a group activity? Local events are happening across the U.S. and Canada, so make the Great Backyard Bird Count an opportunity to make new birding friends.
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