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The Great Backyard Bird Count

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Article Published: Feb. 16, 2012 | Modified: Feb. 20, 2012
The Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count returns Feb. 17-20, designed to produce a real-time snapshot of birds’ locations all across the continent, including this eastern bluebird.

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The High Country Audubon Society is inviting the public to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is the annual four-day event sponsored by Cornell Lab and Audubon and Canada for a real-time snapshot of where birds are all across the continent.

This year’s count will be from Feb. 17 to 20. Anyone can participate for as little as 15 minutes or for longer time periods. The object is to count the highest number of birds of each species that are seen together at one time and monitor the diversity of species.

“To get more information, go to and then report what you see,” according to officials with the High Country Audubon Society.

The results of the count help scientists learn how winter weather may be affecting bird populations, reveal were irruptive species are located, provide clues about migration, help determine where bird diseases may be and if there are sharp declines in particular species.

“This year’s count may be affected by the unusually warm winter weather here,” officials said.

Last year, there were 92,000 checklists submitted of 11 million bird observations. “You can do a count in your own backyard or anywhere you happen to be. More data means more knowledge. And you can help,” the officials said.

Take part alone or with the High Country Audubon Society, as it has two upcoming field trips around the area. Meet up with them at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Boone Greenway in the parking lot near the wetlands on Hunting Lane, or at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Trout Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway between Boone and Blowing Rock.

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