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The Great Backyard Bird Count

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Determined Wild Turkey by Larry Halverson 

“Everyone’s favorite midwinter bird count is happening this February 14–17, and for the second year in a row it’s open to anyone, anywhere in the world.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a free event now in its 17th year, and by participating you're helping give scientists their biggest, broadest single-moment snapshot of bird populations. Last year nearly 138,000 people participated, counting 33.4 million birds and 4,258 species. A newly redesigned website is full of great features like a gorgeous display for your photo submissions, how-to materials, data exploration tools, and tricky bird ID help.”

Birding Apps. Download the free GBBC BirdLog app to submit your observations on iOS or Android devices during the count. Try the free Merlin Bird ID app for iOS devices to help you identify the birds you see!

Join the Count