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February 2016
Great Backyard Bird Count:  Feb 12-15th
Join Us For the Count!

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.

Since then, more than 100,000 people of all ages and walks of life have joined the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.

We invite you to participate! Simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 12-15, 2016. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world!

Did you know that last year Great Backyard Bird Count participants in more than 100 countries counted 5,090 species of birds on more than 147,000 checklists! See the full 2015 summary.

The really exciting part is that during the count, you can explore what others are seeing in your area or around the world. Share your bird photos by entering the photo contest, or enjoy images pouring in from across the globe.

Help make this the most successful count ever by participating this year! Then keep counting throughout the year with eBird, which uses the same system as the Great Backyard Bird Count to collect, store, and display data any time, all the time.

Study Your Local Birds Using Amazing Quizzes by Thayer Birding Software
Over 700 Wild Bird Quizzes
You can even create your own local bird quiz!
Believe it or not, I use the Thayer's Birds of North America version 7 to study the birds in my area. Available for both Windows and Mac computers, this program is very easy to use.

To prepare for the Great Backyard Bird Count, I found that creating my own quizzes on the birds I am likely to see is extremely helpful and much better than thumbing through a field guide! To easily make your own quizzes use Thayer's Guide to Birds of North America version 7.

I created a new YouTube video that shows you how easy it is to take a quiz using any one of the four different quiz types: Multiple Choice, Fill-in-the-blank, Flash Cards and Pick One Quizzes.

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Thanks Kenn and Kim

 The Great Backyard Bird Count is the perfect opportunity to take new birders out with you as you look for birds in your area. 

If you liked this free newsletter be sure to forward a copy to your friends so they can enjoy it too.
Pete Thayer and the WildBirds Newsletter Team

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