Citizen scientists sought for The Great Backyard Bird Count

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The National Audubon Society, along with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, invites participation in the 16th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) that begins Friday. It’s fun and free; participants don’t even have to leave their house to get involved!

Each year over the four-day President’s Day weekend, people of all ages and levels of bird watching experience are encouraged to look out at their yard and count the birds they see.  Checklists are then entered into an online database where participants can also find information about birds, kids’ activities, and Top 10 lists.  The web tools are intended to introduce backyard birdwatching as a fun and engaging activity that truly contributes to conservation science for Audubon and its partners.   

The GBBC takes place Feb. 15-18 and is free and open to everyone.  Participants are asked to spend at least fifteen minutes on each of the four days to count birds in backyards, schoolyards, or parks.  Pennsylvania is annually among the top states in “number of contributed checklists” and aims to recapture the number one position it held in 2009.

Audubon Pennsylvania’s Audubon At Home program offers information for the creation of bird habitat in backyards and other ways to attract birds and assists municipalities through its Bird Town program.  For more information, go to or

Audubon Pennsylvania’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity in Pennsylvania. For more information on Audubon Pennsylvania please visit