Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Great Backyard Bird Count: BC Results

I am very excited about the results of the Great Backyard Bird Count held world wide from Feb 15-18. The BC results give us a snapshot of the birds out and about in our province at this time of the year.

For example:

Red-winged blackbirds: 174
Song sparrow: 86
Trumpeter swans: 570!
California Quail: 70
Pacific Loon: 600
Red-Tailed Hawk: 8
Mourning Dove:30
Barred Owl: 4
Anna's Hummingbird: 30
Pileated woodpecker: 40
American Crow: 80
Black-capped Chickadee: 90
European Starlings: 340

Here's my challenge to you: let's learn to identify all the birds on the BC list and participate in next year's count. In fact, you can count all year if you are keen. Just follow the links. This is an exciting example of how technology is benefiting citizen science.

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