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Thursday, January 28, 2016

#GBBC is coming!

Look for El Niño Surprises During the Great Backyard Bird Count

For release: January 2016
Orange highlights the above-normal warmth of equatorial surface waters in the Pacific that are driving the current El Niño. Image courtesy of NOAA.
With the El Niño weather phenomenon warming Pacific waters to temperatures matching the highest ever recorded, participants in the 2016 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), may be in for a few surprises. The 19th annual GBBC is taking place worldwide February 12 through 15. Information gathered and reported online at birdcount.org will help scientists track changes in bird distribution, some of which may be traced to El Niño storms and unusual weather patterns.

"We've seen huge storms in western North America plus an unusually mild and snow-free winter in much of the Northeast," notes Audubon chief scientist Gary Langham. "And we're seeing birds showing up in unusual places... We’re curious to see what other odd sightings might be recorded by volunteers during this year’s count."
Northern Cardinals by Michele Black, OH

Though rarities and out-of-range species are exciting, it’s important to keep track of more common birds, too. Many species around the world are in steep decline and tracking changes in distribution and numbers over time is vital to determine if conservation measures are needed. Everyone can play a role.

Learn more about how to take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count at birdcount.org. The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada and is made possible in part by sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited.

Related Articles:
Why is it Important to Count Birds? http://goo.gl/rC1qS
1-2-3, How Many Birds Do You See? http://bit.ly/z3EOrM
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Most common winter birds in Michigan http://bit.ly/ywWdfL

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