Pink-headed Woodpecker. Photograph: Kathleen Johnston/Audubon Images Awards

NEW YORK, ITHACA, N.Y., and PORT ROWAN, Ont. — The twenty sixth annual Nice Yard Bird Rely (GBBC) takes place Friday, February 17, by way of Monday, February 20. Bird and nature lovers all over the place unite within the effort to tally as most of the world’s hen species as doable over these 4 days. Mixed with different hen counts, GBBC outcomes assist create a clearer image of how birds are faring—whether or not particular person species are are declining, rising, or holding regular within the face of habitat loss, local weather change, and different threats.

“Take a second over this lengthy weekend to look at, take heed to, and depend birds and enhance your well being, too. Birdwatching and being in nature can cut back stress and enhance your temper,” stated Chad Wilsey, chief scientist and vice chairman at Nationwide Audubon Society.

Every participant or group counts birds for any size of time (however for at the very least quarter-hour) and enters the birds they may establish at every web site they visited, whether or not that be from house, at an area park, or in a wilderness space. These new to the occasion ought to learn the Take part directions. Individuals of all ages and ability ranges are welcome. And there is another excuse to depend the birds: It is good for you.

“Based mostly on the just lately launched State of the Birds report, we all know that half the hen species in the US and Canada are lowering,” stated David Bonter, co-director of the Heart for Engagement in Science and Nature on the Cornell Lab. “We completely want the eyes and ears of birdwatchers to present us the massive image in the case of shifting hen populations.”

An estimated 385,000 individuals participated in the course of the 2022 GBBC. They reported greater than 7,000 species from 192 nations. Many GBBC members uncover a brand new fascination with birds and luxuriate in exploring (and evaluating) outcomes from all over the world.

“The Nice Yard Bird Rely is a stepping stone in the direction of hen conservation,” stated Patrick Nadeau, president of Birds Canada. “Taking this step in February launches a journey of discovery whether or not you’re simply starting to be taught concerning the birds round you or an skilled birder watching out for brand spanking new feathered associates!”

The GBBC web site has instruments and data to assist birdwatching newbies and veterans take part within the depend. You’re additionally invited to tune in to a particular webinar about the way to take part within the GBBC being held Wednesday, February 15 at 1:00 p.m ET. It is free. Simply register to attend this live-streamed occasion.

The Nice Yard Bird Rely is a joint venture of the Nationwide Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Birds Canada and is made doable partly by founding sponsor Wild Birds Limitless.

Step-by-step directions for getting into your hen lists for the GBBC:
* Merlin Bird ID app:
* eBird Cell app:
* eBird on a pc:

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