Make birds count at Bird Fest!
Do you want to learn what birds are in your backyard? Do you want to help scientists take a snapshot of their populations? You can do both, and more, Saturday, Feb 13 at Bird Fest. This free annual event will be virtual for 2021, but will still offer families, friends and neighbors an opportunity to learn about their local birds and plants while participating in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, which goes from Feb 12-Feb 15. We plan to have presentations, counts, and activities for all ages, including identification games and interactions with local organizations and community groups.
STAY TUNED for updates and a Zoom registration link!
The Environmental Science Center has coordinated Bird Fest with sponsorship from the City of Burien to spread awareness on watershed health through creating native habitat for birds. It promotes the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada and is made possible in part by founding sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited. In 1998, this was the first online community-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. In 2020, 268,674 worldwide bird watchers helped in the four-day count to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of 6,699 species of birds. In 2019, 224,781 people took part. In 2018, it was 192,456. Join in to keep the numbers rising!
If you help count with us during Bird Fest, those species will be entered into eBird, which is the global online program collecting bird observations every day of the year (and is a phone app!). If you cannot attend on Feb 13, count that weekend for the GBBC, or any other time, and submit your findings on eBird. Just 15 minutes can make a big difference for birds!
Stay tuned for a Zoom registration link!
For more information about the Great Backyard Bird Count visit gbbc.birdcount.org
For more information on the eBird, visit www.ebird.org
For help identifying local birds, visit Seattle Audubon Society’s Birdweb.