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Great Backyard Bird Count Workshop

  • National Wildlife Federation 11100 Wildlife Center Dr. Reston, VA 20190 (map)

Classroom: Saturday, February 2, 1 to 3 p.m.

Location: National Wildlife Federation, Reston, VA

Cost: FREE

Get ready for the 2019 Great Backyard Bird Count on February 15-18 by attending our GBBC Workshop!

GBBC provides a snapshot of where birds are in real time.  It’s spontaneous; unlike Project Feederwatch, you’re not restricted to your own backyard or to a particular feeding area, and there is no commitment to 2 specific days every week for 6  months.  You can count anywhere, for as little as 15 minutes or as long as a walk through a park.  This workshop will teach you how to count and how to report your count, and we’ll do some “real time” practice.

Bird enthusiasts of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are ranging. Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.

Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.

This FREE workshop will cover the history of GBBC, its purpose, tips for identifying birds, and the protocols to be followed while counting. We’ll spend some time practicing with the birds at the ASNV feeders.