February is for the birds!
Depending upon where you live and what the weather conditions are like there, winter can sometimes feel like an indoor season. But there are some great reasons to bundle up and spend time outdoors during February, and the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is one of them.
This free, fun and easy event is a way for bird lovers of all ages anywhere in the world to help create a real-time snapshot of bird populations by counting the birds they spot right in their very own backyards between February 12 – 15, 2016.
Participating is simple
Visit The Great Backyard Birdcount , register for the event online, then count the birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC. Once you’re finished, all you have to do is submit your observations online.
Not only will you be enjoying some fresh air and quiet time outdoors, you’ll also be helping scientists get a better picture of the health of native bird populations in your area and around the world. For the shutterbugs in the group, a GBBC photo contest is an added incentive to participate. You can submit photos of the birds you spy for a chance to win some great prizes.
If you want to attempt to lure more birds to your yard during the GBBC, that’s perfectly fine, particularly since February is National Bird-Feeding Month. Sponsored by the U.S. National Bird-Feeding Society, this initiative is designed to raise awareness of the need to supplement the diets of our feathered friends during lean winter months, as well as to encourage backyard bird watching.
Whether you buy a fancy feeder or make one with the kids out of an old milk carton, there’s nothing quite as rewarding as providing a peaceful place where birds can perch and snack. To make it a family affair, leave a notepad, binoculars and a good bird book by a window that overlooks your feeding station and encourage the bird lovers in your family to record sightings. Do a little research on birds commonly found in your neck of the woods at this time of year, and find out if any migratory birds might be popping by for a rest and a nosh.
To learn about attracting top birds to your yard, including types of feeders and food preferences for each species, visit here.
413268A CAN/US (02/16)