Backyard Bird Count!

The Great Backyard Bird Count is one week away!  February 12-15 are the days of participation. You can count for as little as 15 minutes on one day, or count on all four. Check the link for complete information and other goodies. On the page, you will see a link to eBird, which is a project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology of Cornell University. With eBird, if you are an avid watcher, you can contribute your observations more often, based on a schedule you decide.

Both of these projects are science projects, so all you science teachers out there could take advantage of the activity if you have time (that's a joke with the weather this year, huh?) or interest. For those of us not in the classroom, it's an opportunity to be a part of ongoing research. The GBBC is an annual event which helps to track the ebbing and flowing of bird populations. It contributes to our knowledge of the different species, and helps us to understand the impact of weather and other environmental factors on bird populations.

One recent bird "story" is the House Finch. In the Eastern US, these birds sprang from a small group released on Long Island in 1940. The total population in the US now totals more than 260 million birds. Read more on their history here. How does a species succeed like this? Research contributed by citizen scientists contributes to the picture of how it all happens.

Native Backyard has made a commitment of weekly observations to eBird, and we are thrilled to be able to count predators in the backyard this year. Hope you'll join us!
The Birds Go to the Grocery Store

The Birds Go to the Grocery Store

Warp Speed Habitat

Warp Speed Habitat