February 16, 2011

Birds Count...

Yep, it's time to dust off those binoculars and prime the backyard bird feeders with seed and suet in preparation for the Great Backyard Bird Count , which asks bird watchers in the United States and Canada to count birds in their own backyards and communities.

Garden Keeper Ana Marie is getting ready by studying up on bird identification. Sparrows are the the biggest challenge for her. There are about three dozen species of sparrows in North America. Try your hand at identifying the sparrows in these photos provided by the GBBC. Here are your choices: Savannah, Fox, Chipping, and Tree sparrow. You’ll find a couple of others as well when you head over to the answer page.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event in the United States and Canada that takes place this weekend, starting Friday, February 18. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you only count birds that you are familiar with and can identify. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds. Click here to learn How To Participate

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