Have you ever participated in The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)? It is a great way to look forward to spring as we observe our feathered friends. They are here, all around us. We just need to slow down and look for them.
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The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual event (February 15-18) that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. Anyone can participate by creating a free account at The Great Backyard Bird Count website, observing birds in your neighborhood, and logging them on the GBBC data sheet or the tally sheets from the Notebooking Fairy. Your observation can last from 15 minutes to several hours, depending on the time you want to take. At the end of the day, record your results at the GBBC website where you will find many resources including prizes, games and coloring pages for kids, a photo contest, and more.
One of the best ways to see many birds is to have a bird feeder. If you do not have time to build one, don't forget the tried and true pine cone covered in peanut butter and rolled in bird seed.