The Nature of My Backyard

I love wild birds, flowers, herbs, trees, butterflies, bugs and anything else Mother Nature places in my backyard for me to enjoy! I gladly share them with you.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

How To Become A Citizen Scientist, No Matter What Your Age!

It Can Take As Little As 15 Minutes to Help Researchers, and It's Free!

Blue Jay at the Bird Feeder during a snow storm
by Grandma Pearl

It's Fun and It's Free

If you love to watch birds, no matter where you are, then you are well on your way to becoming a Citizen Scientist!  

The annual Great Backyard Bird Count (also known as GBBC) is coming!  Feb 14th through Feb 17th -- Mark your calendar.  The birds you count will be added to the worldwide data base.  Researchers and scientists will have unlimited access to all this invaluable information in their efforts to analyze bird populations and habitats.  

The data gathered helps them determine what is needed to help those birds whose habitats are shrinking, how healthy are bird populations overall, and what can be done internationally to insure our beautiful birds will survive and thrive.

No matter what your age, no matter where you live on the planet, you can participate.  School children, senior groups, individuals of all ages are welcome and encouraged to count birds.  This can be done from your own home bird feeders, a park you like to visit, schoolyard, workplace, etc.  It's so important for the birds!

You can spend just 15 minutes of one day during the 4-day period, or you can decide how much time and how many days you want to participate.  Go to to signup and learn about the simple process of submitting your checklists online. Get ready to become an official Citizen Scientist!

GBBC Newsletter for news, tips and information about Citizen Science projects