Help the ‘Great International Backyard Bird Count,’ going on until Monday

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The Great American Bird Count is underway, and will go through Monday, Feb. 19 – and here’s how YOU can help:

This is an opportunity to serve as a citizen scientist and to contribute to one of the largest databanks of research on world bird populations.

To participate, all you need to do is count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as you wish) on one or more days, then report your sightings online at

Through Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, citizens and scientists around the world are collecting data on birds that come to your community and your backyards. Hundreds of thousands of reports have been turned in over the last 20 years.

This data collection project was started in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that takes place each year in February and engages average people, scientists and bird watchers of all ages. It has now expanded to an International event and world project. It’s a great chance to enjoy birds and nature!

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world go out into their yards and community parks to collect data on the birds they see right now. You don’t have to be an expert to do this. The data collected helps scientists to know how many of our feather friends are still remaining on the planet, where and when they are migrating and how climate change is impacting these animal populations.

“Become a citizen scientist this weekend and let the world know what birds are here in Burien!”

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