Nine million birds and counting

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There is definitely no breed of citizen scientist more enthusiastic and dedicated than bird watchers. The results of last weekend’s birding binge are now being tallied on the Great Backyard Bird Count website—and they are mighty impressive. Here are some highlights:

  • Total checklists submitted: 81,590
  • Total species observed: 582
  • Total individual birds counted: 9,443,847

Even more remarkable are the photos that participants have submitted, like this one of an Allen’s Hummingbird, taken by Dawn Wyzard of Fullerton, California. Check out the full gallery of stunning shots.

Congratulations to all those citizen ornithologists and to the program organizers, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon, among others.

Want to keep counting? Join Project Feederwatch, which lasts all winter, or eBird, a birding project that never stops.

Don’t forget to check our Project Finder for other citizen science activities involving nature and the outdoors.

Categories: Animals, Birds, Citizen Science