The Great Backyard Bird Count Is On The Wing – NBC Los Angeles
What there is to know
- February 18 to 21, 2022
- Free to join wherever you are; you only need to spend 15 minutes, at any time during the countdown, observing the world around you
- Report your sightings via eBird and help researchers understand migration patterns, bird congregation locations, and more.
Somewhere, near or far, or vaguely within earshot, a caw caw, an owl hoots, a hawk howls or a dove delivers those quintessential warm coos we all know and love.
Birds, in short, are all around us here in Southern California, and admiring our avian neighbors is something we do regularly, everywhere, and whenever we spot a visitor with a tilting beak, clawed feet, and hoarse voice.
Reporting on these incredible creatures, all to help scientists stay up to date with the wonderful world of birds? We don’t often have a reason to, but we certainly can, over a February long weekend each year when the great backyard bird count returns to our bird-obsessed lives. .
The countdown has started, over four feathery days, from February 18, 2022.
How can we join this large-scale research effort, citizen scientists? Simply observe the birds you encounter and record your findings, with photos, if desired, on eBird.
The database “…stores over 100 million bird sightings made each year and is used by science and conservation professionals,” the team behind the event shares.
And this team?
The Great Backyard Bird Count, “the first online citizen science (also known as community science) project to collect wild bird data and display the results in near real time”, began in 1998 through a partnership between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.
The count has now gone global, with groups participating in Canada and beyond.
How to start? You only have to commit 15 minutes during the weekend. During this time, you will be watching the birds in your neighborhood, but you don’t need to just keep a watchful eye from your territory.
Of course, you can observe during a longer stretch, or several stretches, in several places, if you wish.
All the information is here, including how to access eBird, as well as the Merlin Bird app, a great tool for new participants.
Call it an essential way to connect with nature and dig deeper into science, while enjoying some sunshine and fresh air during Presidents Day weekend.
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