Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend!

I just read about the GBBC in the Sunday paper (on Monday). Everyone is invited to spend as little as 15 minutes counting various species of birds this weekend. Here are the instructions from the official GBBC website:

1. Plan to count birds for at least 15 minutes during February 16–19, 2007. Count birds at as many places and on as many days as you like—just keep a
separate list of counts for each day and/or location.
2. Count the greatest number of individuals of each species that you see together at any one time, and write it down.
3. Enter your results on the Great Backyard Bird Count website!
That's it! We'll look forward to receiving your counts.
Click here to download a PowerPoint slideshow about the GBBC.

I wish I had found out about this earlier so I would have had more time to spread the word! I love feeding and watching the birds in our backyard. What a wonderful opportunity for educators to share their love of Nature with their students! And what a great opportunity for students to collect some REAL data, to graph it, and share their data with the GBBC website.

There are some classroom resources on the GBBC website HERE, and some downloadable materials on the Audubon Mississippi website.

It's not too late to teach your students how to participate! It's easy, and will inspire some great dialogue I'm sure.

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