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Counting Down to the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count

Black Oystercatcher Photo: Hui Sim

Show how much you care about birds by participating in the 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count! Simply count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more of the count days (February 16-19, 2018) and report your sightings online.

Around the globe, tens of thousands of volunteers – of all ages and birding skill levels – will participate. If wintery weather keeps you indoors, you can count the birds outside your window! This free, fun, family-friendly event provides opportunities to learn about birds and connect with nature, while supporting bird conservation. To learn more, visit the Great Backyard Bird Count website or email Canadian coordinator Kerrie Wilcox at

You may also be interested in the Great Backyard Bird Count photo contest. In 2017, Hui Sim of British Columbia, Canada was awarded first place in the Behaviour Category for an image of a Black Oystercatcher. Visit the contest winners page to see more of last year’s top entries.

This year, we will once again be running our Bird Studies Canada Great Backyard Bird Count Story Contest. We want to hear about your exciting, funny, and heartwarming experiences! Click here for details.

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

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