Thursday, February 13, 2014

Participating in the Great Backyard Birdcount

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This week (from Friday February 14th through Monday February 17th) is the Great Backyard Birdcount. We have participated in this off and on through the years, and we are looking forward to doing it again this year. We have had a lot of interesting birds in the yard lately, and I am hoping that some of them will stick around and let us count them!

Participating in the GBBC is really easy. There is no fee to sign up, and it takes as little as fifteen minutes to count birds in your yard or other area. Of course, you can count longer if you wish! We usually aim for one 15-20 minute counting session for each day of the count we do. You can participate in one or all of the days.

The website has lots of information about bird identification and how to do your count, along with checklists you can customize and print. When you are done counting you submit your results online. Incidentally, I have been enjoying poking around the SciStarter website which lists tons of other citizen science projects. I also found the site Zooniverse, but haven't spent much time there yet.

Well, today is looking like yet another snowed-in day. I am hoping Dad is going to stay home from work.  I love the days when he can stay home and help with the homeschooling! Everything goes much, much easier, with an extra pair of hands around. James has a science project where he is supposed to catch snowflakes and try to look at them under a microscope, and it should be the perfect day to do that. It's also a good day to catch-up on the Olympics. Anything to avoid shoveling!

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