Great Backyard Bird Count is Going Global

Anyone in the world with internet access can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count!

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The GBBC is Going Global! February 15-18, 2013, the 16th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count will be integrated with eBird. For the first time, anyone anywhere in the world, with access to the world wide web, can participate!

eBird is a worldwide bird data collection program that allows users to keep track of their personal bird sightings and checklists.

Participants simply watch birds at any location for at least 15 minutes, tally the numbers of each species they see, and report their tallies online at

The GBBC is open to anyone of any skill level and welcomes bird observations from any location, including backyards, national parks, gardens, wetlands, and urban landscapes. The four-day count typically receives sightings from tens of thousands of people reporting more than 600 bird species in the United States and Canada alone.

Participating is easy. To learn more about how to join the count, get bird ID tips, plus downloadable instructions and flyers, visit The count also includes a photo contest and a prize drawing for participants who enter at least one bird checklist online.

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