You are Counting WHAT on President’s Day???

What are YOU doing on this President’s Holiday of 2013?

DaddyO (a.k.a. Superman) is off of work on this holiday and we are going to jam in as much as we can.  One thing we plan to do is spend a couple hours participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count!

Want to join us?  There is still time but today is your last chance to send in your results online

Why in the world would we spend our time doing this?
1) I try to be intentional in remembering the bird count each time because I have a student in my house.  I want to enable a love of learning by showing her just how amazing God’s creation is all around us…even in our backyard.

2) Princess is quite interested in birds since her Apologia Science studies in the past, called Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day — Young Explorers Series (Apologia Science Young Explorers)

3) For me, seeing all these birds means that beautiful season of Spring is coming.  I am such  a cold-natured person that I look forward to the warmth of Spring and the sunshine.  As I write, I am so bundled up I can barely move.

What is the Great Backyard Bird Count
Here’s what their website has to say:

The 2013 GBBC will take place Friday, February 15, through Monday, February 18. Please join us for the 16th annual count!

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are.

Beginning in 2013, GBBC checklists will be accepted from anywhere in the world!
Everyone is welcome–from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds.

Participants tally the number of individual birds of each species they see during their count period. They enter these numbers on the GBBC website.

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Northern Cardinal, Michele Black, OH
2012 GBBC


Scientists and bird enthusiasts can learn a lot by knowing where the birds are. Bird populations are dynamic; they are constantly in flux. No single scientist or team of scientists could hope to document and understand the complex distribution and movements of so many species in such a short time.

Scientists use the GBBC information, along with observations from other citizen-science projects, such as the Christmas Bird Count, Project FeederWatch, and eBird, to get the “big picture” about what is happening to bird populations. The longer these data are collected, the more meaningful they become in helping scientists investigate far-reaching questions.

For us, other activites will probably be cooking together, romping through the woods on our property, family picnic, and other activities we can do as a family.

I encourage you to go out and find something fun to do with your family today if you have the chance.  We’ll report back in and let you know what we got into.

Is today a holiday for you? How will YOU spend it? 
Leave answers in the comments.

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