| February 14, 2008
Great Backyard Bird Count is for fun and the future
Friday, Feb. 15, through Monday, Feb. 18, bird watchers all across
North America will be participating in the 11th annual Great Backyard
If you live in a city, this popular pastime can be done from your yard,
a city park, nature center, even your fire escape. Best of all, your
actions truly make a difference as your count is included with
thousands of others, helping science and conservation spotlight changes
in bird populations and distribution from year to year.
If you live in eastern North Carolina, your local national wildlife
refuges, such as Pea Island Refuge on Hatteras, are the perfect places
to go and count. You can get outdoors, enjoy the fresh air, connect
with wildlife resources, and register to record how many birds you
counted on your adventure.
Last year's count was a record-breaker. Citizen scientists across the
United States and Canada counted more than 11 million birds and tallied
616 species, submitting 80,000 checklists, exceeding the previous
record of 61,000 checklists in 2000 by 33 percent. The northern
cardinal was once again the most frequently spotted bird, while
American robins were the most numerous species counted. Rare birds
found during the 2007 GBBC included five lesser prairie-chickens in
Oklahoma and two pink-footed geese in Rhode Island.
You can find out about getting started on your backyard bird count on
www.birdcount.org. It’s really quite simple. Also
check the site to learn more about last year’s results, view the
GBBC online photo gallery, and to enter the 2008 photo contest as well.
Up-and-coming film directors, please upload your video to You Tube and
"Great Backyard Bird Count." Some of the best clips will also be posted on the bird count site.
For more information about national wildlife refuges in North Carolina, visit http://www.fws.gov/northcarolina