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The Great Backyard Bird Count Newsletter March. 2016


GBBC eNewsletter

March 2016

The Dark-eyed Junco was reported on more GBBC checklists than any other species this year. Photo by Vicki Miller, California, 2016 GBBC.

2016 GBBC: That's a Wrap!

Another Great Backyard Bird Count is behind us and we're looking ahead to next February when the count will return for its 20th year! In the meantime, you can look back at the 2016 event and be proud of what you've accomplished by producing the biggest GBBC ever, reporting more species than ever. Compare this year's stats to last year:

Total checklists: 162,052 (up 14,787)
Total species: 5,689 (up 599)
Estimated participants: 163,763 (up 19,822)

We've posted our final summary on the website. But of course, there are many more stories your checklists can tell, so do some more exploring on your own under the "Explore Data" tab on the website.

Below is our Top 10 list for the species most often reported on GBBC checklists this year.

Species Number of Checklists
Dark-eyed Junco         63,110
Northern Cardinal         62,323
Mourning Dove         49,630
Downy Woodpecker         47,393
Blue Jay         45,383
American Goldfinch         43,204
House Finch         41,667
Tufted Titmouse         38,130
Black-capped Chickadee         37,923
American Crow         37,277

As of March 2, 2016 10:15 a.m. EST

Remember, you can keep counting and reporting your birds all year long from anywhere in the world by using eBird. The process is the same. You can sign in using the same login name and password you use for the GBBC.

Third graders' GBBC video.
Students at Ridge Wood Elementary spent a month learning about birds just before the GBBC!

Third Graders Catch GBBC Fever

Third-grade students at Ridge Wood Elementary in Northville, Michigan, really caught GBBC fever this year! Teacher Sue Beth Balash says they spent a month learning about birds leading up to the count, using some of the resources offered on the GBBC website. The class even got to share a great video they put together showing some of their activities: learning about bird identification, what birds eat, how to count birds, and how to build a birdhouse. Click on the image above to share their enthusiasm!

Photo by Ella Clem, Kentucky,
2016 GBBC

One Last Quiz!

Have you improved your woodpecker ID skills? See if you can tell which of two look-alike species native to North American this bird might be.

Check your answer here.

Thank you for participating in the GBBC--see you on Global Big Day, May 14!

The next GBBC is
February 17-20, 2017

Count for Global Big Day

Green-tailed Sunbird by Rinchen Dorji, Bhutan, 2016 GBBC.

The second annual Global Big Day is taking place May 14, 2016.
The goal is to find as many species as possible in just one day! You'll participate just as you did for the GBBC, spending at least 15 minutes counting birds and entering your checklists online through eBird.   
Learn more about Global Big Day.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird by Sonya Buerck/Audubon Photography Awards.

Hummingbirds at Home

Participating in Audubon’s Hummingbirds at Home project is one way to help researchers learn more about nectar sources, how changes in supply may be affecting hummingbirds, and what we can do to protect these small feathered jewels. All you need to do is submit your hummingbird feeding observations online or with the free Hummingbirds at Home app for iOS or Android devices.

Find more opportunities to learn about and to count your birds. Photo by Bill Winkler, Pennsylvania, 2016 GBBC.

Bird Info Pipeline

Keep learning about birds and how to participate in citizen-science projects by subscribing to electronic newsletters offered by GBBC partners.

Visit Wild Birds Unlimited, a sponsor of the Great Backyard Bird Count!