Not sure what you’re doing this President’s Day Holiday. Us? Oh, we’re just over here counting birds. Nerds, much?! Yeah, my girl and I have this thing about birds, and then I found out about the Great Backyard Bird Count. I knew that Superman would be off of work and we could just chill in the yard and count birds. Oh, you know you’re curious …..
Great Backyard Bird Count
Why in the world would we take the time to do this whole backyard bird count thing anyway?
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 when it’s just in our backyard.
2) Princess is quite interested in birds since reading, 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 all the sunshine that comes with it. Right now, as I write, I am so cold and bundled up that I can barely move.
What is the Great Backyard Bird Count
Here’s what the GBBC 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.
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.
We’ll probably romp through the woods and park out golf cart in spots that we know we’ll see lots of birds moving about. I’ve got my clipboard to make the counts. Do you?
Are you joining up for the Great Backyard Bird Count?
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