Help Audubon society count birds in Elmira

  • Help Audubon society count birds in Elmira

Help Audubon society count birds in Elmira

GBBC India is the Indian implementation of the global Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs for four days every February. GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society along with Bird Studies Canada.

Bird watchers from more than 100 countries participated in the Backyard Bird Count a year ago, documenting more than 5,000 species - almost half the possible bird species in the world - on more than 147,000 bird checklists. More bird species were counted on the coast with higher numbers of some species including the highest individual counts for snow geese, double-crested cormorants, tundra swans, red-winged blackbirds and ring-billed gulls.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is in its 20 year and is now an global Citizen Science program that encourages people to look out their window over Presidents Day weekend and count the birds they see in their yard.

"The very first GBBC was an experiment", says the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Marshall Iliff, a leader of the eBird program.

For more on the Great Backyard Bird Count and to download instructions, visit www.birdcount.org. "Last year, over 56% of the birds in GBBC were spotted in campuses only", said birder Yogesh Parasar.

Engaging so many people to track the number of birds during the same time frame year after year is valuable in assessing what's happening with bird populations, as well as with the environment, said Tom Tribble, president of the Asheville-based Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society.

Rowe said the timing of the count makes it possible to see how shifting weather patterns can impact species and populations. He says, "The GBBC has done a terrific job of tracking irruptions of Snowy Owls southward over the past several years". This four-day event is a great opportunity to empower citizens of all skill levels to take an active role in birding and conservation efforts in our state.

Some birds have flown south for the winter, but there are still plenty of species in the area to enjoy during the colder months, said Anita Seaberg, of the Chemung Valley Audubon Society. Many species also have begun working their way back north for their spring migration, adding to the variety of species found in Arkansas.

Photographers also are encouraged to participate in the count, as a photography contest was introduced in 2006. For the 20th anniversary of the count, the public is invited to vote for their favorite top photo from each of the past 11 years. Since then, tens of thousands of images have been submitted.