The winter season can be an exciting time for birders and offers many of us great opportunities not only to get out and observe some of our favourite birds, but also do our part for toward the research and conservation of our feathered friends.
On the heels of the completion of the Christmas Bird Counts comes the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Organized in conjunction with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bird Studies Canada, the National Audubon Society and powered by eBird, the Great Backyard Bird Count offers birders the ability to get outdoors, come together and provide vital data for ongoing research.
In 2015, the Great Backyard Bird Count produced stellar results. In 2015 there were over 147,000 checklists submitted, participants recorded over 5,000 species and counted a whopping 18,725,079 individual birds around the world.
With the growing popularity of the count, organizers have made it easier for folks of all ages and geographical locations to participate. Since upgrades performed in 2013, the system is now run completely online using the innovative technology developed to organize and report sightings.