Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Great Backyard Bird Count February 14-17 and February is National Bird Feeding Month

The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place February 14th - 17th  and February is National Bird Feeding Month...

February is a good time to celebrate backyard birds as they are usually quite active in the late winter months and often hungry and thirsty  A celebration of Backyard Birding takes place over the long President's Day Holiday weekend - The Great Backyard Bird Count. 
Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.Since then, more than 100,000 people of all ages and walks of life have joined the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.
Here are Seven reasons to get excited for the great Backyard BirdCount (from last year, but still valid). You can submit your lists and pictures - see results from around the world and win prizes. You never know what you'll find in your own "backyard" and most of all you will help better understand and protect the birds that bring so much joy.
February is also National Bird Feeding Month. Here is a guide on Backyard Bird Feeding from the Fish and Wildlife Service. It all boils down to food, water and shelter - even custom built homes like this woodpecker nest box. While your at it - feed the squirrels too!

These three videos demonstrate - Shelter -- Water and Food - what we all need to flourish!

Brown Thrasher Great Backyard Bird Count
Brown Thrasher - One of my favorite "Backyard Birds".