Forest Service encourages participation in Great Backyard Bird Count |

Forest Service encourages participation in Great Backyard Bird Count

The U.S Forest Service is encouraging the public to consider a forest or grassland as their “backyard” for the Great Backyard Bird Count, a long-running citizen science program spearheaded by Cornell University that creates a real-time snapshot of where birds are across the continent.

Participants in the winter Great Backyard Bird Count can spend as little as 15 minutes a day between Feb. 18 and 21 to tally the highest number of birds of each species seen together at any one time. Those numbers are entered into the Great Backyard Bird Count website database, used by researchers.

Bird research is important to help maintain and restore habitats necessary to sustain healthy migratory and resident bird populations. The Forest Service is an international leader in bird conservation through the Wings Across the Americas program and has been a strong leader in scientifically rigorous bird population monitoring through the development of the Integrated Monitoring Bird Conservations Regions program.

– Daily News staff report

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