Take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count
Hairy Woodpecker by Brad Imhoff/Macaulay Library

Project FeederWatch eNews

February 8, 2023

Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count

Join bird enthusiasts worldwide next Friday through Monday, February 17 through 20, for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).

Similar to Project FeederWatch, the GBBC helps scientists learn about the distribution and abundance of birds. But the GBBC works a little differently. For the GBBC, you report the number of individuals of each species you see during a single counting session (not a two-day tally like you do for FeederWatch), and you submit your counts using eBird Mobile or You can also share the bird species you see using the Merlin Bird ID app. Visit GBBC's how to participate page to learn more. You can count in more than one location—just submit a separate checklist for each location each time you count. You can report the same birds to GBBC that you are reporting to Project FeederWatch as well as any other birds you see, even those birds flying overhead that don't count for FeederWatch.

Bird and nature lovers everywhere unite in the effort to tally as many of the world's bird species as possible over these four days. An estimated 385,000 people participated during the 2022 GBBC. They reported more than 7,000 species from 192 countries. Combined with other bird counts, GBBC results help create a clearer picture of how birds are faringwhether individual species are are declining, increasing, or holding steady in the face of habitat loss, climate change, and other threats. Learn more about the Great Backyard Bird Count at

Webinar and Podcast

You are invited to tune in to a special webinar about how to participate in the GBBC being held Wednesday, February 15 at 1:00 p.m Eastern Time. Register to attend this free, live-streamed event. And in a special episode of The Warblers, a Birds Canada podcast, you can listen to experts from Birds Canada, the Cornell Lab, and the National Audubon Society talk about the impact of the Great Backyard Bird Count and how you can participate. Listen to the podcast anytime on The Warblers website.

Step-by-step instructions for entering your bird lists for the GBBC

* Merlin Bird ID app:
* eBird Mobile app:
* eBird on a computer:
You can use the same username and password for the GBBC, Merlin, and eBird that you use for Project FeederWatch.

The GBBC is an inter-organizational effort between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society, and Birds Canada and is made possible in part by founding sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited.
Project FeederWatch is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Birds Canada. Project FeederWatch is sponsored in the U.S. and Canada by Wild Birds Unlimited and in Canada by Armstrong Bird Food.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a nonprofit organization supported by friends and members. Our mission is to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds.

Birds Canada is our country's leading national charitable organization dedicated to bird research and conservation. Our mission is to conserve wild birds of Canada through sound science, on-the-ground actions, innovative partnerships, public engagement, and science based advocacy.


Project FeederWatch Contact Information

For U.S. participants:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Project FeederWatch
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850

For Canadian participants:
Birds Canada/Oiseaux Canada
P.O. Box 160
Port Rowan, ON N0E 1M0

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