The Great Backyard Bird Count - February 14-17, 2014

Bird watchers from more than 100 countries are expected to participate in the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), February 14-17, 2014.  Anyone anywhere in the world can count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count and enter their sightings at www.BirdCount.org.  The information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track the health of bird populations at a scale that would not otherwise be possible.  The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada.

Songbird Station, in conjunction with the Columbia Audubon Society, will be hosting a seminar on February 2nd at 2:00 P.M. to explain how to participate in the Bird Count and what birds may be seen at a backyard feeder.  The seminar will also cover what types of feeders and seeds attract various birds.  In addition to the seminar the Columbia Audubon will be hosting the first GBBC backyard Bird Feeder Crawl on February 15th.  Carpool groups will visit various backyard bird feeders in and around Columbia to count for 15 minutes and submit their checklists.

Last year's Great Backyard Bird Count shattered records after going global for the first time, thanks to integration with the eBird online program launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab and Audubon.  Participants reported their bird sightings from all 7 continents, including 111 countries and independent territories.  More than 34.5 million birds and 3,610 species were recorded - nearly one-third of the world's total bird species documented in just four days.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a great way for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with nature and make a difference for birds.  It's free and easy.  To learn more about how to join the count visit www.birdcount.org and view the winning photos from the 2013 GBBC photo contest.

For more information on the local events please contact:

- Holly Seaver, manager of Songbird Station at 573-446-5941 or email Holly@songbirdstation.com 

- Bill Mees, President Columbia Audubon Society at 573-445-7781 


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