Birds are everywhere, all the time, doing fascinating things! Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count for four days in February to watch, learn about, count, and celebrate birds. People from around the world spend these four days in their favorite places, connecting to the birds around their homes and in their community. Whether you see one bird or hundreds over the weekend, we want to share in your joy of watching birds and connecting to nature. Count the birds you see for as little as 15 minutes on one of the four days. Then, submit your bird list to be part of a global movement to better understand how bird populations are doing. Your participation matters. Il est important que vous participiez! Tu participación importa. Your participation connects you to the beauty that lives around you while helping scientists better monitor and protect birds around the world. Work with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, and Birds Canada in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. We look forward to spending this fun, special event with you. Join us! Únete a nosotros! Soyez des nôtres!
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Connect to Birds, to Nature, and with Each Other
Birds are everywhere, all the time, doing fascinating things. Join us, February 17-20, 2023, when the world comes together for the love of birds.
Photos clockwise from top left: Amrit Raha/GBBC; Jane Simao/GBBC; Melanie Furr/Georgia Audubon; Emily Tubbs/GBBC.
Be Part of a Global Event
Watch observation lists roll in from around the world. Each submitted checklist becomes a glowing light on our bird sightings map.
Tap or click the image to see Merlin and eBird submissions during the Great Backyard Bird Count on Saturday, February 19, 2022. Yellow dots indicate a checklist submission, which revert to a white dot in the background.
Share Your Birds with Us
The Great Backyard Bird Count uses eBird, one of the world’s largest nature databases. It stores more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year and is used by professionals for science and conservation.
New to the Great Backyard Bird Count or to using eBird? Explore our How to Participate on options for entering your bird lists.
If you already use eBird or Merlin keep doing what you are doing! All entries over the 4-days count towards GBBC.
Swallow-tailed Hummingbird © Fernando Calmon/Macaulay Library.
Showcase Your Photos from the Count
We enjoy seeing your pictures from the count. Share pictures of birds, yourself, and others birdwatching in your yards or at your favorite birding spots.
Photos from GBBC 2022. Top row: Greater Flameback by Prasenjit Bhattacharjee in India; Vidhya Sundar in United States; Northern Cardinal by Kim Lackey in Canada; Judy Brunner in United States. Second row: Uma Pandiyan in Qatar; Mallard by Noam Markus in Canada; Katelyn Strader in Canada; Himalayan Monal by Tshering Tobgay in Bhutan. Third row: Great Tit by Paolo Mancardi in Italy; Jane Simao in United States; Barred Owl by Matt Boley in United States; Rafaela Wolf de Carvalho in Brazil.
Susan Szeszol in United States/GBBC.
We all need an incentive to get outside mid-winter and look for birds beyond what we can see from our windows. It’s fun to see the little flashes of light on the map when we submit our counts, among the thousands around the world, and we know our data matter. Barb Gorges, Wyoming, United States