Juneau - The 12th annual Great Backyard Bird Count starts today and concludes Feb. 16. Bird watchers in Juneau and across North America will tally the birds they see in backyards, parks, nature centers and public lands. They will file their reports online at www.birdcount.org where anyone can view results on maps in real time.
The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen-science project hosted by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It includes a photo contest and drawings for prizes.
Most importantly, the count gathers a massive amount of data about where the birds are, and in what numbers, during late winter. All this information goes into databases that scientists use to better understand the movement and distribution of bird populations over time.
For more information, visit www.birdcount.org or contact Pat Leonard, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, at 607-254-2137 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Delta Willis, National Audubon Society, at 212-979-3197 or email@example.com.