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Birding & the Great Backyard Bird Count 2011

Updated on September 27, 2011
Eastern Screech Owl - Red Morph
Eastern Screech Owl - Red Morph

What is it?

Sponsored by the Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Great Backyard Bird Count is a great opportunity for the citizen scientist to report bird populations in different areas of the United States.


The 14th annual count was conducted over a four-day period, February 18-21, 2011.


Reporting results of each count helps scientists identify where the birds are and how they are doing regionally. It’s a fun, free activity.


Pick an area that is convenient. Many people choose their own backyards – hence the name of the event.

White-Throated Sparrow
White-Throated Sparrow


Anyone can participate. It’s not necessary to be an experienced birder. This activity is appropriate for all ages and great for students. Last year, 94,000 bird checklists were turned in.


For a copy of the regional checklist for a particular area, check out the Audubon Society website at Click on “The Great Backyard Bird Count” on the bottom left side of the page. Pick one of the four days of the count and plan to spend at least 15 minutes counting. Note the weather conditions and how long you watch the birds. Get your binoculars, a bird book, something to write with and a comfortable seat. Then – count. Note the beginning and ending times.

To record your results, go to and follow the directions.

Great for bird and nature lovers!

I counted for 1 1/2 hours on Saturday and found 11 different species in my front yard during that time.  Can't wait for next year!



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  • Esmeowl12 profile image

    Cindy A. Johnson 7 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks for your comment LivingFood. Keep reading!

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    LivingFood 7 years ago

    This sounds like a fun activity.

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    Cindy A. Johnson 7 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    I think it sounds fun, too. Looking forward to participating this year. Thanks for your comment!

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    Reprieve26 7 years ago from Oregon Coast

    How fun! I'll have to forward this on-- this would be a great project for my neices and nephew!