Are you looking for some fun (and educational) quality time with your family? Join other ‘citizen scientists’ around the world on February 17-20 for the 20th Great Backyard Bird Count. People count the birds they see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days, and then enter the findings at birdcount.org. This annual count gives scientists a snapshot of where birds actually are, so they can see movement over the last year, as well as identify long-term changes in habitats and migration patterns.
Don’t worry if you don’t know much about birds! There is lots of information and assistance: instructions, a “how to” presentation, guides, and identification ‘apps’. It’s easy to register, count, and submit observations.
Last year, more than 160,000 people from 130 countries submitted counts making it the largest ‘snapshot’ of global bird populations ever recorded. Due to changing weather conditions, many species typically found in Mexico and Central America were seen in the Southwest. In addition, waterfowl are remaining further north than usual because they are able to find open, unfrozen water.
We have many other great bird resources too. For Ohio birds, we've recently added the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio to our reference collection. This beautiful book describes Ohio habitats, explains the scientific methods, analyzes the changes observed, and discusses each species.
- Encyclopedia of Birds
- Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America
- National Audubon Society Sibley Master Guide to Birds
You could also search for articles about birds in our National Geographic Virtual Library, which can be accessed through our website using your library card. Go to databases.ualibrary.org and choose National Geographic Virtual Library.