Join us February 12–15, 2021

Each year people from around the world come together to watch, learn about, count, and celebrate birds.
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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COVID Statement: Watching birds is a safe and enjoyable activity we can do during the Covid pandemic. For the 2021 Great Backyard Bird Count, we strongly urge participants to comply with all current country, province, state, First People’s lands, or municipal Covid-19 regulations and guidelines. This includes, but is not limited to, social distancing while birdwatching and wearing a mask when birding with others. Thank you for protecting yourself and your community while celebrating the wonders of birds.

eBird checklist submissions from around the world.

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.

Watch the Live Map

Results are coming in for 2021!

See Real-time Results

Various people birding around the world.Photos clockwise from top left: Sipu Kumar/GBBC; Justin Graham/GBBC; Luke Franke/Audubon; Donna Williams/GBBC.

Connect to Birds, to Nature, and with Each Other

Birds are everywhere, all the time, doing fascinating things. Join us, February 12–15, 2021, when the world comes together for the love of birds.

How to Participate

Mourning Dove by Ostdrossel/Project FeederWatch.

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. Contribute to eBird and become a citizen scientist.

New to the Great Backyard Bird Count or to using eBird? Explore our How to Participate on options for entering your bird lists.

Enter Your Bird List Into eBird


Foundation for Ecological Security/GBBC.

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.

Learn How to Share Photos

Mother birding with child in snow.Jamie Burris/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


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