Global Bird Count in February

Join the world in connecting to birds, February 17-20.

Hairy Woodpecker by Brad Imhoff/Macaulay Library

Spend time in your favorite places watching birds–then tell us about them! In as little as 15 minutes notice the birds around you. Identify them, count them, and submit them to help scientists better understand and protect birds around the world. Play the video above to learn more about why your participation matters.

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 observations roll in from around the world. Each submitted checklist becomes a glowing light on our bird sightings map.

Explore 2022 Data

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.
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

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