Thursday, January 8, 2009

Get in Gear for .......Birds!

That's right everyone. It's already time to start thinking about this year's Great Backyard Bird Count. The dates are February 13-16. I'm going to start now getting the boys in gear by having them do at least one 15 minute bird watch each week. This will help us to get a bit of a refresher in identifying our birds. I will also be teaching them as we go along some of the rules of the count. For instance, that we only count birds in multiples in one shot. This means that if you see two cardinals at the same time you can count two. However, if you see a cardinal, it flies away and then 'another' one comes, you still can only count one cardinal. Make sense? This would be why we need to practice ahead of time. They can get easily confused. LOL

Last year the boys turned in one report each and I turned in several. It's so cool to be able to see how how well our area is represented by the number of reports turned in. Go to your area and check it out!

Don't forget to put a button on your blog as a reminder to everyone to participate!!!


live4evermom said...

You beat me to it. I was going to post about this tomorrow. Love that button. We will do it again this year.

The Glasers said...

Thanks for the reminder!!!!! I have to get a new button on my blog, too!

Mari said...

I only see the unusual birds not during the bird count though!