Arctic Tern by Tyler Ficker/Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab.

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

COVID Statement: Watching birds is a safe and enjoyable activity we can do during the Covid global pandemic. For the 2021 Great Backyard Bird Count, we strongly urge participants to comply with all current country, province, state, or municipal Covid-19 regulations and guidelines.This includes, but is not limited to, social distancing while bird watching and wearing a mask when birding with others. Thank you for protecting yourself and your community while celebrating the wonders of birds.

Photos clockwise from top left: Sipu Kumar/GBBC; Justin Graham/GBBC; Mike Fernandez/Audubon; Donna Williams/GBBC.

Connect to birds, to nature, and with each other

Each year people from around the world come together to watch, learn about, count, and celebrate birds. Join us, February 12-15, 2021.

How to Participate

eBird checklist submissions from around the world.

Be a part of a global event

Watch observation lists roll in from around the world and become glowing lights on our bird sightings map

Watch the Live Map

Great Backyard Bird Count results from 2020:

  • 268,674 Estimated Participants
  • 27,270,156 Total Birds Counted
  • 6,942 Species of Birds Identified
  • 194 Countries
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 with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year and used by professionals for science and conservation. Contribute to eBird and become a citizen scientist.

New to the Great Backyard Bird Count or 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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