The Great Backyard Bird Count will soon start, offering birdwatchers the opportunity to count birds to develop a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Those are bound to participate were asked to count birds for at least 15 minutes on only one or probably every day of the four-day bird count. The event will start on February 17, and it will end on February 20.
- The Great Backyard Bird Count will start on February 17.
- Everyone interested in counting birds, from novice to experts in bird watching, are welcomed to sign up for it on birdcount.org.
- Last year, about 160,000 people participated in the event.
Volunteers can spend as much time as they want counting birds, reporting their sightings online at birdcount.org. Everyone who is willing to be there is welcomed, from experts to beginners in bird watching. What is even more interesting, volunteers can participate by counting birds from their backyard irrespective of their location in the world.
Gary Langham, the chief scientist at the National Audubon Society, claimed that this counting event is extraordinary because anyone can be part of this team of volunteers who are passionate about bird watching. There are no boundaries imposed. It doesn’t matter if you are a novice, an expert or a feeder watcher. All that matters is that you are interested in this type of relaxing activities, also helping the world of science.
Langham invites people everywhere, new birders to share this peaceful and wonderful experience. He advises people to invite their friends and find a perfect spot for bird watching. They will not only do this for pleasure, but they will implicitly help scientists at the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology when submitting the checklists.
Thus, researchers will benefit from the help of volunteers to find out more about the habitats of some species and how they should protect them and their environment. In 2016, more than 160,000 individuals participated in this event, submitting their observations online. Thus, they have developed the biggest instantaneous snapshot of worldwide bird populations which were ever recorded.
Researchers argue that bird populations suffer a continuous change and shift. Based on the data provided in the 2016 GBBC Summary, three relatives of American Robins, usually living in Central America and Mexico, were revealed wandering around in the Southwest. These three species are Rufous-backed Robin, Clay-colored Thrush, and White-throated Thrush.
Specialists assume that these species may be heading north due to the warming climate. Those who are eager to participate at the Great Backyard Bird Count, they should visit the official site birdcount.org.
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