Get Ready, Get Set, BIRD!

If you’re near a keyboard, you’re near the birds.

Taking place Feb. 15-18, 2013, the Great Backyard Bird Count goes global this year with the addition of mankind’s friend for the ages, the Internet.  Now, when you watch and record birds for 15 minutes at any location, you can tally your numbers online at and presto! Your field work is recorded for the whole wide world to see. What’s more, you’ll be able to see numbers of sparrows, hawks and crows grow in tally marks almost instantaneously with interactive elements.

The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon, with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada.

The GBBC is open to anyone of any skill level and welcomes bird observations from any location, including backyards, national parks, gardens, wetlands, and urban landscapes. The four-day count typically receives sightings from tens of thousands of people reporting more than 600 bird species in the United States and Canada alone.