Photo: Jim Winters


Great Backyard Bird Count

Help scientists collect data about birds - and have fun while doing it!

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a great citizen scientist project to participate in with your family and friends.

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.

Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.

We invite you to participate! For at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 17-20, 2017, simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world, for as long as you wish!

Visit to learn more!

Interested in participating locally? Join us in Phoenix at the Rio Salado Audubon Center for a FREE Great Backyard Bird Count Training! Friday, February 17, 2017 9:00-11:00 am. Learn more by clicking here.

How you can help, right now