Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real time. 2022 is the 25th year of this project.
The Dwight Foster Public Library encourages the citizens of Fort Atkinson to participate in this important citizen-science project. We are providing kits to make your own paper tube bird feeder. They are available for pickup on the First Floor of the Library. One kit per individual/family please. You can read more about the GBBC here.
Participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count
Participating is easy, fun to do alone, or with others, and can be done anywhere you find birds.
Step 1 – Decide where you will watch birds.
Step 2 – Watch birds for 15 minutes or more, at least once over the four days, February 18-21, 2022.
Step 3 – Count all the birds you see or hear within your planned time/location and use the best tool for sharing your bird sightings:
If you are a beginning bird admirer and new to the count, try using the Merlin Bird ID app. This app is available in your app store.
If you have participated in the count before, try eBird Mobile app or enter your bird list on the eBird website (desktop/laptop).
If you are participating as a group, see instructions for Group Counting.
For detailed information on using these apps/websites go to https://www.birdcount.org/participate/