You’ll have more fun taking part in the Great Backyard Bird Count if you first learn about the birds you’re most likely to see. We have some fun ways for you to become familiar with birds.


Visit for coloring pictures, puzzles, and games to get your kids involved in a fun and educational hobby, birdwatching.


How to do the Great Backyard Bird Count
1. Plan to count birds for at least 15 minutes during February 15-18, 2008. You can count each day or just some of the days and you can count in different places. Just be sure to keep a separate list of birds for each day and each location.

2. For each type of bird you see, count the most you see at any one time. For example, maybe you see two chickadees when you start watching, then five chickadees a few minutes later. The number you put on your list for chickadees is five. Do not add two plus five. (That way you won’t accidentally count the same bird twice.)

3. Enter your results on the Great Backyard Bird Count web site! Then watch the maps as more and more people enter their reports.