Juneau Audubon Society
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Great Backyard Bird Count Archive
Revised: February 03, 2023.
Great Backyard Bird Count 2023
The 26th annual Great Backyard
Bird Count (GBBC) will take
Friday, February 17, through
Monday, February 20, 2023.
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.
Spread the word about the GBBC with this social toolkit. You can also find our social media planning toolkit here.
All skill levels and all abilities are welcome to count birds from anywhere and enter their checklists online. Learn how to join the GBBC from Audubon and partners Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Birds Canada by visiting birdcount.org
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2022 Great Backyard Bird Count
Thank you to all who participated and supported this year’s Great Back-yard Bird Count (GBBC). Despite the varied weather, cool and rainy to blue sky and wind, the 4-day event was a success! In Southeast, there were roughly 40 birdwatchers who took part in the count with approximately 105 checklists submitted to eBird with a total of 56 species identified.
In Juneau, on the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge, a Great Horned Owl excited many while the top of the Tyler Rental roof offered a glimpse at the rare Glaucous Gull. Backyard feeders brought sights of Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Dark-eyed Juncos, Pine Siskins and a Red-breasted Nuthatch. Those who wandered into the woods submitted checklists with a Downy Woodpecker, Pacific Wren, Varied Thrush and a Northern Goshawk. And the numerous waterways offered views of a multitude of ducks, American Crows, Bald Eagles, Ravens and more.
Your efforts in this citizen-science event offer conservationists and scientists with data to assess the status of bird populations in our area. Your time and energy are appreciated. And if you enjoyed the GBBC, mark your calendars for the next citizen-science bird event, May 14 - Global Big Day. This is a 24-hour global event to identify as many bird species as possible. In 2021, over 51,000 people around the world participated with over 7,200 birds identified. Why not get out there yourself this year and add to the discoveries?
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2021 Great Backyard Bird CountFebruary 12-15
The GBBC was one of the first online citizen science projects, also referred to as community science, to collect information on wild birds. GBBC was also instrumental in the creation of eBird back in 2002.
To participate, just go birding for at least 15 minutes anytime February 12th – 15th and enter your observations in eBird. Count correctly. A lot of GBBC birding happens in backyards and often at feeders. Be sure to review our article on proper counting protocol at feeders.
Add photos. If you get nice photos during the GBBC weekend, or anytime, be sure to add your photos to your eBird checklist. This is of course especially important to help document rare birds that you may find. Learn more on how to upload your photos and sounds. We also invite you to share pictures of yourself, family, or friends celebrating the joy of birds during GBBC.
Get eBird Mobile. If you have a smartphone and haven’t done it yet, download the eBird Mobile app and get going on in-the-field data entry this weekend. eBird Mobile makes it much easier to keep up with your observations and help us document all birds everywhere all the time!
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2020 Great Backyard Bird Count February 14-17, 2020
Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be held Friday, February 14, through Monday, February 17, 2020. Please visit the official website at birdcount.org for more information.
* * *2019 Great Backyard Bird Count February 15-18, 2019
Great Backyard Bird Count Bird WalksAll hikes are free and led by Brenda Wright. Extra binoculars will be available for all walks.
Friday Feb. 15 1pm -- Fish Creek North Douglas
Saturday Feb. 16 11am -- Near the Salmon Creek hatchery (DIPAC)kid friendly walk
Sunday Feb. 17 8am -- Auke Recreation Area start at campground entrance
Monday Feb. 18 8am -- Sheep Creek Thane Road
The 21th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will start on Friday, February 16 and extend through Monday, February 19.
If you’re new to the count, or have not participated since before the 2013 merger with eBird, you must create a free online account to enter your checklist. Go to www.gbbc.birdcount.org. If you already have an account, just use the same login name and password.
Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) and report their sightings online at birdcount.org.
Each checklist during this event helps scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. Last year, more than 180,000 checklists were submitted online from more than 100 countries, creating an instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded. More than 6,200 species were recorded.
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations.
Be sure to check out the Explore a Region tool to get an idea of what you can expect to see in your area during the next GBBC.
Please visit the official website at birdcount.org for more information and the latest education resources.
We hope to see more checklists submitted online this year.
For questions and comments, please contact:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
National Audubon Society
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.
Great Backyard Bird Count 2018
February 16-19, 2018
2018 Results for Juneau Click Here
60 species observed in Juneau area. 73 checklists submitted.
Great Backyard Bird Count 2017
February 17 - 20, 2017
GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
TheGreat Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at www.birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.
Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at theCornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. Last year, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.
The 20th annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 17, through Monday, February 20, 2017. Please visit the official website at www.birdcount.org for more information.
Great Backyard Bird Count 2016
GBBC Results For Juneau: click here
Great Backyard Bird Count Web Site
Wrap Up: GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT 2015
By Brenda Wright, Juneau Audubon
Thanks to everyone who went out into our neighborhoods to count birds February 13-16. You did a great job! http://gbbc.birdcount.org
We found 61 species and submitted over 74 checklists! Of the 61 species counted the Barred owl and King Eider really stood out for me. I’m still looking for them and also any shorebirds. There were black turnstones on our Juneau data so they are out there. If you want to explore our local reports or check out any other location, just go to http://ebird.org/ebird/gbbc/subnational2/US-AK-110?yr=all on the Great Backyard Bird Count "Explore Data" page. Remember, you can be a citizen scientist year round by entering your bird information on ebird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/
GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT 2014Click here
Participants in 135 countries around the globe submitted more than 144,000 checklists. Canada made a stellar contribution with 13,458 checklists. The Northern Cardinal appeared on more checklists than any other bird, while the Red-winged Blackbird was the most numerous species, with more than 1.6 million individuals counted. Visit the GBBC website for more count highlights, including Top 10 Lists(http://gbbc.birdcount.org/news/top-10-lists/ ).
The 2013 count was held in February, and birders in Juneau observed 61 species during the count weekend. Mallards, Canada Geese, Greater Scaup, Rock Sandpipers, Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Northwest Crow, Common Redpoll, and Pine Siskin were the highest number of individuals counted. We hope more people will get involved in counting and adding their information to the ebird site. 61 species is a great accomplishment for winter, but not a single woodpecker was counted. It’s really fun to add your birding enjoyment to the citizen science data base. It’s fun for us and helpful to the birds we enjoy watching. Thanks to all the local birders who contribute! The top listers in February were Gus van Vliet, Patty Rose, David Schmerge, Art Kolter, Merrill Jensen, Amy Clark Courtney, Jeanne Josephson, Brenda Wright, and Anne Sutton. Check out the web pages and join the crowd! Click here to explore more of the data just visit the website: www.birdsource.org/gbbc or www.ebird.org Enjoy!
For 2012 GBBC results for Alaska by city and by year click here.
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