Friday, February 16, 2007

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Each year on President's Day weekend, Cornell sponsors a countrywide bird survey. Volunteers from all over North America are encouraged to get out in their proverbial or literal backyards to count the birds they see. Findings are posted on an easily navigable website; a virtual thumbtack representing the surveyed area is added to the map each time a survey is reported. By the end of the holiday weekend, organizers have a good snapshot of where birds are wintering. The survey can take as long as 15 minutes or all weekend. Even if you only have cardinals and bluejays in your urban park, the folks at Cornell want to know. So, if you can, get outside (or near a window) and count the birds.

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