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Join the Great Backyard Bird Count

Posted on February 4, 2021

Over the last year, backyard birding has become an increasingly popular way to connect with nature while staying close to home. As a safe activity you can do alone or with your household members, it provides endless opportunity to explore the wildlife in your community.

And now with the Great Backyard Bird Count just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to share all that you’ve learned so far about birds, or to pick up birding for the first time.

In 2020,
268,674 people participated in the bird count and identified nearly 7000 bird species.

Barbara and Madeleine look at a bird in the trees.

Birders from around the world join together virtually to watch, learn about, and celebrate birds.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a four day event running February 12-15, 2021, during which you can spend as little as 15 minutes up to as many hours as you like watching birds in your backyard. By participating in the count, you contribute to the mapping of flight patterns, with each sighting helping scientists better understand global bird populations and track their behaviour year after year.

Whatever skill level you’re at, it’s an exciting event to participate in. For beginners, it’s an opportunity to join a community of people who are learning alongside you with a shared database of photos to explore. For experienced birders, it’s the chance to share your knowledge with others and add to your collection of sightings.

A brown and beige bird with a red tuff on its head perches on a tree branch.

Every sighting matters, so plan ahead and get involved in the Great Backyard Bird Count: