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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
“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