What gardener doesn’t? Around here, they’re either splashing in the birdbath or pigging out at the hummingbird feeder. And this weekend, you have permission to sit on your duff and do nothing but watch them.
It’s time for the 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count! This event engages bird watchers of all ages to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are across the U.S. and Canada. Anyone can participate, from novice bird watchers to experts. Count for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as you wish) on one or more days of the event and report your sightings at birdcount.org.
The instructions are here and they’re super-easy. You can type in your zip code for a list of birds you may see, and then click the birds’ names to see photos. Since I can’t tell a Spotted Towhee from a hole in my head, I found this especially helpful.
Each bird count list we submit helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing—and how to protect them and the environment we share.
Are you counting this year?