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Join the 26th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), taking place Friday, February 17th, through Monday, February 20th.

Bird and nature lovers everywhere, of all skill levels and all abilities, unite in the effort to tally as many of the world’s bird species as possible over these four days.

This is a great activity to share with children – one of my earliest bird counts was in a golf cart on a golf course in Florida (probably also my best one, lots of birds I had never seen in Connecticut, granddaughters knew many of them, and those we did not know using a bird identification app we were able to identify them).

You can count for as little as 15 minutes.  Grab a cup of coffee, sit in a window, and look for and count birds.  Perfect activity for seniors, and retirees who might have some extra time.

Combined with other bird counts, GBBC results help create a clearer picture of how birds are faring—whether individual species are declining, increasing, or holding steady in the face of habitat loss, climate change, and other threats.

For more information and to sign up go to:

https://www.birdcount.org/

Whether you’re curious about a bird you’ve seen once or you’re hoping to identify every bird you can find, the answers are waiting for you with this free app from the renowned Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

https://www.birdcount.org/

Another great one is:

https://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/download/

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