Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month From Your Couch

Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month From Your Couch

February is National Bird Feeding Month and it looks like spring will be here sooner than expected - I’m thinking the birds will be pretty excited about the weather warming up!

hand feeding chickadee

If you’ve been feeding birds this winter and want to participate in honoring our feathered friends this month, check out the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) hosted by Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.

The GBBC happens twice a year and is very easy to participate in. The count runs February 18th through February 21st – so don’t wait too long! The best part about joining in the count is that you can do it just about anywhere – even from your cozy couch! However, don’t think you need to report only the birds you see in your backyard. You can report birds you spot from any location whether it be in a local park, schoolyard, or while visiting a friend.

Counting can be done in three easy steps:

  1. Grab a pen and paper. Fifteen minutes is a good amount of time to do your counting. You can do more if you like, but that is up to you. Count birds as many times a day as you like and in as many locations as you like – you can enter your counts once a day or several times a day.
  2. Count the greatest number of individual of each species that you see together at one time and record them.
  3. Go to birdsource.org to enter your counts. On the first day of the count, February 18th, there will be a large button titled “Enter Your Checklists.’ Click on it to enter what you’ve recorded.
  4. Re-assemble your feeder to prepare for filling.

There are many other fun events centered around this count, including a photo contest, classroom counts… there may even be a local celebration going on in your area.

Not interested in participating this year? No problem, birdsource.org offers a photo gallery for you to view at your leisure.

Happy birding – now start counting!

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