NEW YORK, ITHACA, N.Y., and PORT ROWAN, Ont. — The twenty sixth annual Nice Yard Hen Depend (GBBC) takes place Friday, February 17, by means of Monday, February 20. Hen and nature lovers all over the place unite within the effort to tally as lots of the world’s hen species as doable over these 4 days. Mixed with different hen counts, GBBC outcomes assist create a clearer image of how birds are faring—whether or not particular person species are are declining, rising, or holding regular within the face of habitat loss, local weather change, and different threats.
“Take a second over this lengthy weekend to watch, hearken to, and rely birds and enhance your well being, too. Birdwatching and being in nature can cut back stress and enhance your temper,” mentioned Chad Wilsey, chief scientist and vice chairman at Nationwide Audubon Society.
Every participant or group counts birds for any size of time (however for a minimum of quarter-hour) and enters the birds they may determine at every website they visited, whether or not that be from dwelling, at an area park, or in a wilderness space. These new to the occasion ought to learn the Methods to Take part directions. Individuals of all ages and talent ranges are welcome. And there is another excuse to rely the birds: It is good for you.
“Primarily based on the lately launched State of the Birds report, we all know that half the hen species in america and Canada are lowering,” mentioned David Bonter, co-director of the Heart for Engagement in Science and Nature on the Cornell Lab. “We completely want the eyes and ears of birdwatchers to offer us the massive image in the case of shifting hen populations.”
An estimated 385,000 folks participated throughout the 2022 GBBC. They reported greater than 7,000 species from 192 nations. Many GBBC members uncover a brand new fascination with birds and revel in exploring (and evaluating) outcomes from all over the world.
“The Nice Yard Hen Depend is a stepping stone in direction of hen conservation,” mentioned Patrick Nadeau, president of Birds Canada. “Taking this step in February launches a journey of discovery whether or not you’re simply starting to study in regards to the birds round you or an skilled birder watching out for brand spanking new feathered buddies!”
The GBBC web site has instruments and data to assist birdwatching newbies and veterans take part within the rely. You’re additionally invited to tune in to a particular webinar about how one can take part within the GBBC being held Wednesday, February 15 at 1:00 p.m ET. It is free. Simply register to attend this live-streamed occasion.
Step-by-step directions for coming into your hen lists for the GBBC:
* Merlin Hen ID app: https://www.birdcount.org/merlin-bird-id-app
* eBird Cell app: https://www.birdcount.org/ebird-mobile-app
* eBird on a pc: https://www.birdcount.org/ebird-on-computer
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