The Great Backyard Bird Count

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society team up again for the Great Backyard Bird Count, an online real-time citizen-science project to gather data on wild birds. What better way to get your kids into nature, or just your backyard, and contribute to a worldwide science project?


Spend 15 minutes for one or more days tallying the numbers and species of birds you see in your yard, or any where you go. To get started, you’ll need to create a free online account for entering your list of birds. For those you who participated post 2013, you can still use your old login account. The project runs February 17-20, 2017, but you can continue tallying for as long as you wish.  

For the budding nature photographer in your family, you can share your bird photos and recorded sounds by entering the photo contest. While your there, take a look at the many amazing photos coming in from around the world!

You’ll be joining a community of more than 130 countries that have counted 5,689 species of birds on more than 162,000 checklists! Have fun and post some of your pictures or comments below! Click here for more info on how to get started.