About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

About the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)

Launched in 1998, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and display the results in near real-time to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.

Will you participate? On February 15-18, 2019, simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see in any location, anywhere in the world, for at least 15 minutes!

Click here for more info on how to get started.

In 2018, Great Backyard Bird Count participants in more than 100 countries counted more than 6,400 species of birds on more than 180,000 checklists!

Why count birds?

Bird populations are dynamic; they are constantly in flux. Scientists use data collected to investigate far-reaching questions, like:

• How will the weather and climate change influence bird populations?

• Some birds, such as winter finches, appear in large numbers during some years but not others. Where are these species from year to year, and what can we learn from these patterns?

• How will the timing of birds’ migrations compare with past years?

• How are bird diseases, such as West Nile virus, affecting birds in different regions?

• What kinds of differences in bird diversity are apparent in cities versus suburban, rural, and natural areas?

The Great Backyard Bird Count is powered by eBird. The count is made possible in part by founding sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited.

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