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Saturday, May 2, 2015

How to Participate in Global Big Day Bird Count

World's Largest 24-Hour Bird Tally, May 9
Can bird watchers find half of the world’s bird species to raise awareness for conservation?
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is challenging bird watchers around the world to generate a gigantic collective bird tally on a single, crazy day—May 9, 2015.

The goal? To tally as many of the world’s 10,000+ bird species as possible while raising awareness and funds for conservation. How many different birds species do you see in your yard each day?

“We’re inviting anyone who sees birds on May 9 to join us as part of the world’s biggest birding team,” explains Chris Wood at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. “Just find as many birds as you can, watching for any length of time on May 9, and enter your tally at ebird.org.”

Wood hopes the effort will inspire more donations than ever before to support bird conservation. To make a gift toward the $500,000 goal, visit birds.cornell.edu/bigday.

“We hope people will think it’s a lot of fun and that they’ll continue to observe birds and report what they see even beyond this one day,” Wood says. “For all the environmental challenges that birds face, it’s good to remember there’s a lot of beauty in the world. Global Big Day provides the opportunity for us to be outside and to pause and reflect on that beauty—and gain the inspiration to keep on protecting it.”

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