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By Kerrie Wilcox, Project FeederWatch Leader, Birds Canada

Are you interested in helping birds? By counting them, we can create a clearer picture of bird populations and their health around the world. Get involved in the 23rd Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, February 14-17, 2020.

In this free, fun event, people around the world count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days. Count birds anywhere – from the warmth of your home, while out walking, or at your nearest park, for example. After you submit your data online, researchers use it to study bird movements and populations – tracking bird migrations, monitoring changes in abundance for different species, and more. Your Great Backyard Bird Count contributions create a real-time snapshot of where birds are around the world and help us to identify which birds need conservation action!

Participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count is fun! It’s an excellent nature activity for groups, and for introducing friends and family to birdwatching. Learn more and get involved.

Photo contest

You may also be interested in entering the ever popular Great Backyard Bird Count Photo Contest. Last year’s top entries have been posted! Check them out on the contest winners page. A photo from Canada was featured; Nick Saunders’s peaceful picture of a Northern Shrike in Saskatchewan received an Honourable Mention. Congratulations to Nick and all the winners! Your images are wonderful inspiration for this year’s participants.

Invite your friends and family

Help us spread the word and make 2020 the “greatest” Great Backyard Bird Count ever! Please download and share a poster or social media graphic.

More about the Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a joint project of Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology with Canadian partner Birds Canada, and is supported in Canada by Armstrong Bird Food and Wild Birds Unlimited.

Northern Shrike Photo: Nick Saunders
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