Thursday, February 16, 2012

15th Great Backyard Bird Count - are you ready?


Are You Ready?
The 15th Great Backyard Bird Count starts this Friday! 

The 2012 GBBC takes place February 17 through February 20.

Things You Can Do During the Countdown to the GBBC:

• Send  a reminder message to neighbors, friends, and relatives, asking them to participate. Every checklist counts!

• Fill your bird feeders if you plan to count birds at your feeders.

• Charge up your camera batteries so you can capture that perfect picture for the GBBC photo contest, or document a rarity.

• If you'd like a preview of the birds you might see in your area, enter your zip or postal code on this web page to get printable tally sheets.



Things to Watch for During the GBBC

• In past counts, participants were most likely to report American Robins in areas without snow. Will more robins be seen farther north this year?

• Will some birds, such as Eastern Phoebes and geese, begin their migrations earlier because of the warmer temperatures and lack of snow or ice in many parts of the country?

• Fewer Blue Jays have been reported in the Northeast in recent months; will GBBC reports show the same trend?

• Where will the Snowy Owls turn up next?


There is even a photo contest!  Rules are here.

REMINDER: WILD TURKEYS ARE BIRDS ALSO!
 
 TAKE A FEW MINUTES, RELAX, WATCH THE BIRDS AND ENJOY!
Coppertop

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