Focus on Feeders

Birds at feeder © Chris Steele
Birds at feeder © Chris Steele

New for 2015: Focus on Feeders joins Cornell’s Great Backyard Bird Count

Beginning in 2015 Mass Audubon is phasing out our independent Focus of Feeders project, and asking our members and friends to join us in becoming participants the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Great Backyard Bird Count.  

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual four-day 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 on one or more days of the event and report their sightings online

Anyone can take part in the GBBC, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It's free, fun, and easy!

Each report submitted helps researchers learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. Last year, participants turned in more than 144,000 online checklists, creating the world's largest instantaneous snapshot of bird populations ever recorded.

The 18th annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 13, through Monday, February 16, 2015. Please visit the official website to find all the information you need to participate.

We are sure that counting your backyard birds will be just as fun as it always was, with the added bonus of including your data in one of the largest citizen science projects in the world.