Click the image for a larger view. How many of these raptors can you identify?
Test Your Raptor ID Skills
It’s always exciting to spot the imposing silhouette of a raptor flying
overhead, but they can also be tricky to identify–especially when you
only get a quick glimpse. Test your abilities and hone your
identification skills by attempting to identify the 12 different species
shown above. Click the image for a larger version and scroll down on
that page to see the list of possible species, as well as their true
identities and the field marks that can help you get to know these
Download and share GBBC posters!
Make Your Birds Count
Want to make sure your local birds are counted during the upcoming GBBC?
Here are some resources you can use to promote the GBBC to friends,
family, and your community.
Post GBBC Posters
Download the 2016 GBBC posters from
our website and share them around your community. Send it by email or
print it on standard-sized paper and post a few copies (with permission
of course) at your local library, school, nature center, nursery,
hardware store, bird supply store, or even along the trails at your
favorite birding spots. Don’t forget to customize the editable versions
with information on any local GBBC events. Posters in Spanish, and
French are coming soon.
Host a Local Event
You can use the 2016 GBBC "How To" slideshow and
accompanying script to share information about how to participate in
the GBBC and explain what the observations reveal. Hold a workshop and
invite both new and experienced bird watchers. Better yet, take the "Pledge to Fledge"
and introduce the GBBC to those who have never gone bird watching at
all! All the images in the presentation are by GBBC participants. You'll
also find results from the last count and detailed instructions on how
to set up a new account and enter data.
It's here! The Android version of the free eBird Mobile app is now available and joins the iOS version
released a few months ago. This app will allow you to upload your GBBC
data from anywhere and replaces the BirdLog app. Your sightings will be
included in the Great Backyard Bird Count if you use the app during the
GBBC count period, February 12-15. You can log in with your existing
GBBC/eBird account or create a free account if you don’t already have
one. eBird Mobile is translated into 8 languages, and supports species
common names in more than 20 languages. Its offline functionality even
allows you to enter sightings in areas with no cell service, or when
traveling abroad without Internet access. Learn more about transitioning from BirdLog to the eBird Mobile app.
Be a Bird Song Hero!
Identifying a bird by its sound can be pretty tricky. Try this fun, interactive game from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "Bird Academy" website and see how many sounds you can match with the bird that makes it.