Great Backyard Bird Count – Starts this Friday

This Friday, I will be participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count. It runs from Friday, February 18 through Monday, February 21, 2011.  It is the first time I have submitted data for this citizen science project. I don’t think it will be much different from Project Feederwatch, that I participate in.

The Great Backyard Bird Count, like Project Feederwatch, monitors the abundance, distribution and winter bird movement of birds in North America.

I think it is important to count and submit data on urban birds. An article, last year, in the scientific journal Nature, revealed that ecologists have neglected the study of urban ecosystems.  There is a notion afoot, that animals and plants must disappear (die off) in the presence of humans. The numbers are often reduced, but many animals live in cities. What I often write about is how we can provide good lives for all the inhabitants of the city, human and non-human.


  1. Donna, I think you are exactly right. The whole concept of “urban wildlife” has only relatively recently been treated as an interesting and important field of study. But with animal habitats increasingly eaten up by human habitations, the animals are moving in to the suburbs and cities. There's bound to be conflict, so the more we can do to educate our friends and neighbors, the better for all – humans and animals alike, as you say. Keep up the good work, fellow nature lover!

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