From Cornell and partner organizations:
2009 was another record year for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). Birders from across the United States and Canada submitted more than 93,629 checklists during the four-day event, a 9 percent increase in checklist submissions since 2008. Participants counted a record 11,550,200 individual birds representing 619 speciesincluding reports of the Sinaloa Wren, spotted north of the Mexican border for the first time. Xantus’s Murrelet and Pink-footed Shearwater were two new pelagic species seen offshore this year. Read more at http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/
Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are announcing My Yard eBird, a new online tool that allows you to keep track of the birds around your home all year. Go to http://ebird.org/content/myyard to find out more information.
Now that spring has (kind of) arrived, you can get involved in the NestWatch project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Participants monitor nests and nest boxes to help researchers learn when eggs are laid, when they hatch, and how many chicks fledge. It’s also being used to measure the impact of climate change and other factors on breeding birds. Go to http://www.NestWatch.org to learn more