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Great Backyard Bird Count

Celebrate the global Great Backyard Bird Count event from February 12 - 15.

Join birders and nature enthusiasts all around the world by participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count from February 12 – 15, 2021. Through the global event, you can watch, learn about, count, and celebrate birds. To participate, all you need to do is watch birds for 15 minutes or more at least once during the four-day event. Then submit your findings through Merlin or eBird. Detailed participation instructions can be found online.

Your findings, observations, and bird counts foster your connection to nature while helping scientists better understand and monitor birds around the world.

With over 250 bird species spotted annually and 55 nesting species on site, the Maplewood Flats Conservation Area is one of the best places to bird (download our bird survey checklist PDF). But we also encourage you to conduct your count safely from your favourite spot (your own backyard, or another publicly accessible space).

In January, WBT’s director-at-large Kevin Bell delivered an online workshop on birding tips for southwestern British Columbia. Whether you’re new to birding or you’re a seasoned bird expert, we recommend checking out the presentation to prepare for the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Curious but unable to join the count? Grab a cup of tea and watch a past episode with Al & Jude Grass as they describe the birds they love so much, and reflect on their careers in conservation and nature education. A rare personal glimpse into these conservation veterans’ lives from their private backyard oasis.

Birding has been a bright spot over the past year because it is socially distanced-friendly. We urge Great Backyard Bird Count participants to comply with provincial Covid-19 public health measures. Please go birding solo or within your household bubble, practice social distancing by keeping two metres apart from others, and wear a mask when others are around. Stay safe!

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