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Show Birds Some Love on Valentine’s Weekend:
Join the Great Backyard Bird Count!
New York, NY, Ithaca, NY, and Port Rowan, ON —Give Mother Nature a valentine this year and show how much you care about birds by counting them for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). The 18th annual count is taking place February 13 through 16.Anyone in the world can count birds at any location for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count and enter their sightings at www.BirdCount.org. The information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track changes in bird populations on a massive scale. The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Societywith partner Bird Studies Canada.
Bird watchers fell in love with the magnificent Snowy Owl during the last count when the birds were reported in unprecedented numbers across southeastern Canada, the Great Lakes states, the Northeast, and down the Atlantic Coast. Expect Snowy Owls to show up in higher numbers during this year’s GBBC, too.
“It’s called an ‘echo flight,'” explains Marshall Iliff, eBird
Project Leader at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. “After a huge irruption like
we had last winter, the following year often yields higher-than-usual numbers as
well. The abundance of lemmings that produced last year’s Snowy Owl irruption
likely continued or emerged in new areas of eastern Canada, more owls may have
stayed east after last year’s irruption, and some of last year’s birds that came
south are returning.”