|A common yellowthroat at Laguna Niguel Regional Park. Photo by J.J. Meyer|
The Great Backyard Bird Count Starts Friday
Celebrate Valentine's Day with a long weekend of bird watching. The The Great Backyard Bird Count returns for its 22nd year this coming weekend, February 14–17, 2020. Count birds for as little as 15 minutes on one or more of the days of the GBBC from anywhere in the world, and help scientists get a snapshot of global bird populations.
Last fall, scientists reported a decline of more than one in four breeding birds in the United States and Canada since 1970, which makes keeping track of birds more important than ever.
Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.