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.
To contribute, email me at bloubird@gmail.com.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

#GBBC: How many #birds will you count next year?

GBBC eNewsletter 

December 2015

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 tricky predators. 

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.

The next GBBC is
February 12-15, 2016


eBird Mobile App for Android

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.

Photo by Camilla Cerea/Audubon

Christmas Bird Count is Almost Here!

The 116th Christmas Bird Count season begins Monday, December 14. Check out some of surprises from last year’s counts and explore the map here to find and register for counts near you so you can join the world’s longest-running citizen-science program.

Visit Wild Birds Unlimited, a sponsor of the Great Backyard Bird Count!

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