Amateur bird watchers of all ages are invited to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count event Feb. 14-17.
The annual event began in 1998 as the first, online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds. Participants simply create an account on the event’s website, and download a tally sheet.
During the event, you can tally the kinds of birds you see from any location. OPPD’s arboretum at 108th and Blondo streets in Omaha is a great place to find birds in their natural habitat. It’s also a great weekend activity the whole family can do together.
In 2019, event participants in more than 100 countries counted more than 6,800 species of birds on more than 200,000 checklists.
According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, sponsors of the event, scientists and bird lovers can learn a lot by knowing the location of fluctuating bird populations. Having a large number of people document the distribution of birds help to determine their movements.
The longer events such as the Great Backyard Bird Count occur, the more meaningful data scientists can capture. They are looking to answer some of these questions about birds:
The Great Backyard Bird Count runs for four days beginning Feb. 14. Grab a pair of binoculars and a checklist and join in the fun.
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