is a great way to get your feet wet: you can count birds for as little as 15 minutes on one day or watch for many hours each day at multiple locations--you choose your level of involvement."
is a perfect first step toward the sort of intensive monitoring needed to discover how birds are responding to environmental change," says Janis Dickinson, Director of Citizen Science at Cornell Lab.
Over just 4 days in February 2006, the GBBC
received more than 60,000 e-mailed checklists that recorded sightings of 623 bird species and 7.5 million individual birds!
"Before the count, I never bothered to tell one sparrow from the next," said Lori Bailey, a GBBC
participant from La Crosse, Wisconsin.
is actually only one of several yearly projects run through the interactive Web site called BirdSource.
A child of the Internet, the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC
) was developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and The Audubon Society.
That's what the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society have been doing for the last five years, as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC
The official website for the event is gbbc
Not the team at GBBC
which is increasing productivity and increasing job satisfaction with the help of a new training and consultancy programme by the NAC group in partnership with Gateshead College.
The high level of participation makes the GBBC
a useful tool for scientists tracking the health of bird populations, including more than 200 species on the Audubon's "watch list" of birds in danger or in decline.
The official website for the event is located at gbbc
The sculptures were made using Ferrocast, a revolutionary type of street furniture made by Tyneside-based firm GBBC
. The company's managing director, Keith Elsey, said: "This is an ideal project to show the properties of Ferrocast and the ability of our own skills.