By Jen Mannas, PAWS Naturalist
Welcome to a new segment we, at PAWS, like to call What’s Happening in Washington, where we bring you news about what's happening in our area relating to wildlife—including research, events, and ways you can get involved.
The month of February brings the 18th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). From February 13th to 16th The National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are asking citizen scientists like you to help them count birds.
Every year the GBBC is conducted all over the world. In 2014, 142,051 participants from 135 countries counted over 17 million birds encompassing 4,300 different species. Pretty impressive!
Participation is easy, open to all age groups, and is a fun family activity. Register online for the GBBC, count birds in your yard for at least 15 minutes on one or more days during the GBBC and then enter your results on the GBBC website. It’s that simple.
You can even explore what others are seeing all over the world and take a look at the bird photographs submitted in real time.
The data collected from the GBBC gives researchers a snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds all around the world. These counts are then combined with data from other projects to help researchers gain a better understanding of bird biology.
They can gain insight into how weather influences bird populations, changes in bird migrations, how diseases are affecting bird populations and how species diversity has changed.
At PAWS Wildlife Center we feel connected to this project because we receive almost two thousand backyard birds from the Seattle area every year.
Some of the birds you see in your backyard may have even been treated at PAWS (recent patients are pictured, right).
PAWS is happy to be participating in the GBBC this year and will be counting the wild birds living at our Lynnwood campus.
Lets all get outside this weekend, count birds and be citizen scientists! Let's see if we can get Washington in the top ten for the total number of participants in the United States (last year we were #14 with 3,356 participants).
For more information about the GBBC, and to get tips on how to identify bird species, please visit the official GBBC website.
Help backyard birds in need. Become a Bird Nursery Caretaker at PAWS.
Make a gift and help us continue providing a safe haven for injured and baby backyard birds.
Interested in a career caring for wild birds? Check out our Avian Wildlife Rehabilitation internship.