11th annual Great Backyard Bird Count collects vital stats for bird conservation
January 15, 2008
This Red Throated Loon was photographed in July 2007 while swimming in a pond along the Harriet Hunt road. Ketchikan, Alaska
Front page Photo by Jim Lewis -- Contact jlewis[at]kpunet.net
Taking part in the GBBC is easy. You don't even have to know a lot about birds and you can find helpful identification tips on the web site at www.birdcount.org. Participants watch birds for as little as 15 minutes on one or more days of the event, counting in their yards, city parks, nature centers, or wherever they like. They enter the highest number of each species seen at one time on the GBBC web site. Participants can explore maps and charts showing what others are reporting in their area or across the continent.Visitors to the web site can also see winning photos from the 2007 photo contest and get inspired to send in their own digital images during the 2008 GBBC. Every photo submitted is considered for the contest.
In addition to digital photos, you can also shoot video of birds and bird watchers during the 2008 count. Upload your video to YouTube and tag it "Great Backyard Bird Count." Some of the best clips will be posted on the GBBC web site!
The Great Backyard Bird Count is a free event, sponsored in part by Wild Birds Unlimited. Everyone who participates will be entered in a drawing to win bird-related prizes.
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