Atlanta Audubon Society is seeking citizen scientists to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count February 16 through 19, 2018. On these four days, birdwatchers from across the globe will be counting birds and sharing the information with a community of other bird watchers in near real-time. The Great Backyard Bird Count collects and displays data in order to create a “snapshot” of the distribution and abundance of birds worldwide in the month of February. This snapshot helps scientists get a ‘big picture’ glimpse of current trends in bird populations.
Created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society in 1988, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first participation-based project to collect and display data from birdwatchers across the globe. Last year, more than 210,000 birdwatchers from more than 140 countries participated in the count and together counted 5,940 different species of birds, including 671 in the U.S. In 2017, Georgians counted 210 different species of birds and ranked 11th among states for the most checklists submitted.
Information gathered during this four-day event is used by scientists in conjunction with data from other citizen science projects, including the Christmas Bird Count, Project FeederWatch, and eBird, to provide a ‘big picture’ look into what is happening to bird populations. This data helps scientists find answers to questions such as:
Atlanta Audubon Society is committed to building places where birds and people thrive. We create bird-friendly communities through conservation, education, and advocacy.