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Great Backyard Bird Count

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When: Feb 14, 2014 12:00 AM to Feb 17, 2014 11:50 PM

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a four-day count held each February with the goal of getting a snapshot of bird numbers and distribution across the globe. As a participant, you commit to count birds at a location of your choice for at least 15 minutes on one or more of the four count days. Simply tally the number of individuals of each species you see, and enter your totals at birdsource.org/gbbc.

Evening Grosbeak JC V

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a four-day count held each February with the goal of getting a snapshot of bird numbers and distribution across the globe. As a participant, you commit to count birds at a location of your choice for at least 15 minutes on one or more of the four count days. Simply tally the number of individuals of each species you see, and enter your totals at birdsource.org/gbbc.

Last year was the first-ever global Great Backyard Bird Count, with participants reporting birds from all seven continents, including 111 countries! In Oregon 1,993 checklists were submitted, including 233 from here in Portland.

Highlights from last year’s Portland count include Prairie Falcon, Eurasian Wigeon, Evening Grosbeak, Gray Jay, and Mountain Chickadee!

The GBBC helps scientists determine trends and identify long-term declines that may call for conservation attention and require further study. Citizen scientists can make crucial observations and contribute to a dataset the magnitude of which no team of scientists could achieve alone! So start off your Valentine’s Day by expressing your true love for birds and participate in this year’s count.

Questions? Contact Joe Liebezeit, Portland Audubon’s avian conservation program manager, at jliebezeit@audubonportland.org.

Group Counts

If you would like to join other bird enthusiasts for the Great Backyard Bird Count, Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District is holding several counts at their demonstration farm in Beavercreek, Ore., on Feb. 15. No prior birding experience needed. More information.

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