The annual Presidents Day weekend census of backyard birds will start on Friday, Feb. 18, but it's already in the news from Maine to Arizona. The Great Backyard Bird Count -- organized by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada -- gives casual and expert birdwatchers alike the chance to contribute data and create a snapshot of winter bird populations in two nations.
All the details appear at Great Backyard Bird Count
, including a PDF
of instructions, a video
that describes the available prizes -- Yes! There are prizes! -- and the photo galleries
generated by the GBBC photo contest.2010 Overall Winner: American Robin by Nick Saunders, courtesy of GBBC
Labels: citizen science, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society