The 2016 Great Backyard Bird Count will run February 12-15, 2016
Mark your calendars for the 19th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) from Friday, February 12 through Monday, February 15, 2016. The GBBC is a four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations around the world. Here’s how it works: Anyone, anywhere in the world can count birds at any location for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count and enter their sightings at www.BirdCount.org. It’s that easy! This is a great opportunity to get kids (of all ages) outdoors.
Last year, participants from more than 100 countries submitted a record 147,265 bird checklists during the GBBC and broke the previous count record for the number of species identified. In fact, the 5,090 species reported during last year’s count, represents nearly half the possible bird species in the world! The information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track changes in bird populations on a massive scale. Find out more information about how you can get involved at www.birdcount.org.
Announcing Two GBBC Training Events in Santa Fe!!
Saturday, February 6th, 10:30 am – Noon at REI
For those of you in the Santa Fe area, join Audubon for a FREE GBBC training event at the Community Room at REI Santa Fe (at the Santa Fe Railyard) on Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 10:30 AM- NOON. Bring the family and learn to identify birds that you are likely to see during the GBBC.
Wednesday, February 3rd, 10 am- Noon at the Randall Davey Audubon Cneter
Co-sponsored by the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, participants will learn how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count while learning the basics of how to identify common winter birds of Santa Fe on an interpretive bird-walk led by Audubon staff. Binoculars and field guides provided. The program is aimed at adult beginner birders.Cost: $10Limited to 20 participants. RSVP through the Santa Fe Botanical Garden website: http://santafebotanicalgarden.org/