Fun, Free Family Activity – Great American Backyard Bird Count 2018

great american backyard bird count

Are you ready to observe birds and help scientists?

The Great American Backyard Bird Count 2018 is happening very soon!  This is your chance to participate in an important effort, have fun, and learn about birds.

If you are looking for a fun, free family activity to do over the weekend of February 16-19 then this is for you.  Most of the time I feel like events like this are aimed at experts or those who already know a lot about birds.  But, as I read over the information about the event I discovered that this is good for anyone.  Basically, if you have some time this weekend and a little bit of curiosity then you can participate.

When Is The Great American Backyard Bird Count 2018?

Mark you calendars!

This annual event is happening this year from Friday February 16 to Monday February 19.

Don’t let the name fool you – this is a worldwide event!

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What is this bird? It’s a turkey vulture.

What Is The Great American Backyard Bird Count?

This event is a very informal opportunity for anyone and everyone to watch birds.  The information gained from this long weekend will be used by researchers at the Cornel Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society to learn more about birds.  All of the information that is gained will help scientists know what birds are around, how to better protect different birds, and gain a snapshot of the bird population.

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What are these birds?

How Do I Participate?

All that you need to do is to spend some time observing birds and then submitting your observations online.  You can take as little as 15 minutes watching birds at your house.  Or spend three days watching birds at a wildlife refuge.  How much you do and how long you spend is up to you.

Here is a detailed explanation of how to participate.

One of the cool things about this is that you don’t have to be an expert.  This is open for beginners, adults, and children.  All you need is to have some time and willingness to try something new.

In 2017 over 160,000 people participated and submitted their observations online.

You can learn more information and submit your observations at the official website here.

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