You have to sign up in advance (which is why I’m telling you now) to participate in the 115th annual Christmas Bird Count but it’s free to do so this year. The count starts December 14 and goes until January 5th. Individual counts, however, are held in local areas on a specific day within the 3+ week period. Find your local circle and date of that bird count and/or sign up here.And, let us know what you see in the comments!
The Great Backyard Bird Count is another opportunity to do some “citizen science.” It starts tomorrow (Feb. 17) and runs through February 20. First go to the Great Backyard Bird Count Website to read up on what is asked of participants. Then choose a spot–your backyard or wherever you want–and count the birds you see for at least 15 minutes. Submit your information on the Great Backyard Bird Count website. Voila!
Read more about birdwatching in the Autumn 2011 issue of Quarterly Speed Bump Magazine. And, we’d love to hear how your GBBC experience goes.