The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a great way for people of all ages to connect with nature. It happens every Febuary during President's Day Weekend. Audubon and Cornell University invite you to get involved and become a Citizen Scientist. It’s easy – just count the birds in your backyard, local park or another location and report what you see online at birdcount.org. Taking part in the GBBC is a great way to take a mid-winter nature break, and it gives scientists important information about birds and our environment.
Each year we see changes in where the birds are based on factors including climate changes, weather patterns, food supplies, diseases, and breeding success. You can see what birds are being reported in your own neighborhood and throughout the United States and Canada by visiting birdcount.org. Bird-watching is the second fastest growing hobby in the USA, right after gardening. Find out why people love to combine the two. You can also discover exactly which bird species visit your backyard, and how you can create a bird-friendly yard. You can count anywhere you choose – at a local park, a school yard, even a city garden, and any one can join the fun; no experience required. The Great Backyard Bird Count is perfect as a family exercise. We encourage everyone to visit the "explore the results" of the GBBC Web site and to get information about the dates for upcoming years.
To see how the Pascagoula River Audubon Center promotes the GBBC in our local schools below. Teachers can also download the following classroom activities here