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Join the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Great Backyard Bird Count 2007 - February 16 - 19

The Great Backyard Bird Count returns for its tenth season February 16 � 19, 2007. The National Audubon Society and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology encourage everyone to COUNT BIRDS WITH A BUDDY!

Bird enthusiasts of all ages can share their love of birds with a friend, a child, a scout troop, a class or a co-worker -- opening new eyes to the joy of birding and fun of creating a unique snapshot of winter bird abundance and distribution across the continent.

Every pair of eyes is needed and every bird counts, whether in a backyard, on a high-rise balcony, in a park or on any of the 730 million acres of public lands.

Anyone with Internet access can see the results in maps and charts as the sightings pour in. In 2006, participants sent in more than 60,000 checklists (a 15% increase over 2005!) with a record-breaking 622 species and more than 7.5 million birds counted!

Awards will be given to localities that submit the most checklists, record the greatest number species or count the highest number of birds. You can also submit photos taken during the GBBC for the photo contest.

Everyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to seasoned experts. During the count bird watchers tally up birds for as little as 15 minutes or for as long as they like, keeping track of the highest number of each bird species they see together at one time.

Participants enter their numbers online at www.birdsource.org/gbbc . This is the site to visit for details on exactly how to participate.

We hope that you will share this information with others and get as many participants as possible. This would be a great project for a scout troop or classroom.

It's helpful to have a bird feeder out as soon as possible in advance of the event, so you will have an opportunity to identify ahead of time the birds that you will likely see during the count.

Good Luck, and enjoy your bird counting!