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Great Backyard Bird Count 2024
Great Backyard Bird Count 2024

Fri, Feb 16


Location is your choice.

Great Backyard Bird Count 2024

Participating is easy, fun to do alone or with others, and can be done anywhere you find birds.

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Time & Location

Feb 16, 2024, 12:00 AM – Feb 19, 2024, 11:50 PM

Location is your choice.

About the Event

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual event that encourages people to observe and record bird species in their surroundings. Taking place from February 16 to 19, 2024, the event invites participants to spend at least 15 minutes watching birds and documenting their sightings. Participants can choose any location where birds are present.

To join the count, follow these simple steps:

  1. Decide where you will watch birds.
  2. Spend 15 minutes observing birds at least once during the four-day event.
  3. Identify and record all birds seen or heard during your observation.

Participants, whether beginners or experienced bird watchers, can use different tools for sharing their bird sightings:

  • Beginners can use the Merlin Bird ID app for easy bird identification.
  • Experienced bird watchers can utilize the eBird Mobile app or the eBird website to record bird numbers.

For those already contributing to Merlin or eBird, their entries over the four days count towards the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Data can be entered in three ways:

  1. Merlin Bird ID: Ideal for newcomers with smartphones. Free and easy to use. Covers bird species from 7 continents and is available in 18 languages.
  2. eBird Mobile: Recommended for those already using eBird or experienced bird watchers. A fast way to enter bird lists using the mobile app.
  3. Desktop or Laptop: For those who prefer entering data on a computer. Instructions are provided for entering sightings on eBird.

Additionally, participants can download checklists of birds commonly found in their area from, helpful for manual tallying before entering data into eBird. The Great Backyard Bird Count encourages bird enthusiasts of all levels to contribute to the understanding of bird populations and distribution.

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