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GBBC | Great Backyard Bird Count

T and I have participated in the bird count for several years now. It’s always a lot of fun!  We love seeing the same birds come back year after year. I love our chickadees and T loves that we have three sets of Cardinals. This year we are told to expect some surprise visitors as a result of El Nino.

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“The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.”

Joseph B. Wirthlin

This year the count starts Feb. 12th and goes through the 15th. If you would like to participate you can register for The Great Backyard Bird Count right here. 

They ask that you count birds for 15 minutes a day or longer. T and I do 15 minutes early in the morning when we tend to see the most visitors. Then we do 15 minutes just before lunch. Record your findings here. You need a checklist for every day you count.

Once you have completed as many days as you would like to count. You go back online and enter your data. It’s that simple. Last year we were able to print a certificate showing he had participated.

Extra Resources For Bird Counting

They offer some great tools for when you spot a bird you don’t recognize.

Finally, you can submit photos of your favorite feathered friends!  Pictures must be taken during the backyard bird watch. Here are the details!

Before you get started, take some time to make your feathered friends some of these beautiful seed feeder decorations to draw them in. We made these just before Christmas and they are super easy and absolutely charming. The birds thought they were delicious!

We also use these books and resources for reference.

We strongly encourage you to take the time to participate in this. It’s a great way to get your child outside and help them become more aware of the birds and their environments. It also encourages a quiet and peaceful study time. Keeping records and entering them online make for a simple assignment. We follow up by taking the time to learn more about each species we discover. T looks forward to this and so do I.

What do you think? We welcome your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.

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