Ready, Set, Count Birds!

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Sponsored by the National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab or Ornithology, participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.

The 24th annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 12, through Monday, February 15, 2021. Please visit the official website at for more information and be sure to check out the latest educational and promotional resources.

And did you know that backyard birds are important in natural pest control.  From the tiny insect-eating types like chickadees and wrens, to the rodent catching hawks and owls, they’re invaluable for pest control and pollination. Here’s info on the 12 Birds You Want in Your Yard for Pest Control, Pollination, and More and Controlling Pests with Birds.

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