Help researchers with Great Backyard Bird Count

cardinal and sparrow in snow in Cheektowaga NY
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

The 25th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, which will be held Friday, Feb. 18 through Monday, Feb. 21, is a way for you to help researchers right from your own backyard.

Anyone, from beginning bird watchers to experts, can take part. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at

Each checklist submitted during the Great Backyard Bird Count helps researchers at the  National Audubon SocietyCornell Lab of Ornithology and Birds Canada learn more about how birds are doing and how to protect birds and the environment we share.

Recently, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.

A webinar on how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16. See details and register here.

You can also view a free four-part video series from Cornell Institute for Ornithology to help you identify birds. Look for Size and Shape, Color Pattern, Behavior and Habitat.

Visit the official website at for more information.

2 Comments on “Help researchers with Great Backyard Bird Count

  1. Thanks for sharing this! I look forward to participating; especially during these times of social isolation I love checking out who’s at the feeder and exchange info and pictures with several like-minded friends. Nice to know we can be a part of something to help our birds.

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