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Get a Birding Increase: Be part of the Nice Yard Chook Depend

NEW YORK, ITHACA, N.Y., and PORT ROWAN, Ont. — The twenty sixth annual Nice Yard Chook Depend (GBBC) takes place Friday, February 17, by Monday, February 20. Chook and nature lovers in every single place unite within the effort to tally as lots of the world’s fowl species as attainable over these 4 days. Mixed with different fowl counts, GBBC outcomes assist create a clearer image of how birds are faring—whether or not particular person species are are declining, growing, or holding regular within the face of habitat loss, local weather change, and different threats.

“Take a second over this lengthy weekend to look at, take heed to, and depend birds and enhance your well being, too. Birdwatching and being in nature can scale back stress and enhance your temper,” mentioned Chad Wilsey, chief scientist and vp at Nationwide Audubon Society.

Every participant or group counts birds for any size of time (however for no less than quarter-hour) and enters the birds they might determine at every web site they visited, whether or not that be from dwelling, at an area park, or in a wilderness space. These new to the occasion ought to learn the How you can Take part directions. Individuals of all ages and talent ranges are welcome. And there is one more reason to depend the birds: It is good for you.

“Primarily based on the lately launched State of the Birds report, we all know that half the fowl species in the USA and Canada are reducing,” mentioned David Bonter, co-director of the Middle for Engagement in Science and Nature on the Cornell Lab. “We completely want the eyes and ears of birdwatchers to offer us the large image relating to shifting fowl populations.”

An estimated 385,000 individuals participated in the course of the 2022 GBBC. They reported greater than 7,000 species from 192 international locations. Many GBBC contributors uncover a brand new fascination with birds and luxuriate in exploring (and evaluating) outcomes from around the globe.

“The Nice Yard Chook Depend is a stepping stone in the direction of fowl conservation,” mentioned Patrick Nadeau, president of Birds Canada. “Taking this step in February launches a journey of discovery whether or not you’re simply starting to study concerning the birds round you or an skilled birder watching out for brand new feathered associates!”

The GBBC web site has instruments and data to assist birdwatching newbies and veterans take part within the depend. You’re additionally invited to tune in to a particular webinar about how one can take part within the GBBC being held Wednesday, February 15 at 1:00 p.m ET. It is free. Simply register to attend this live-streamed occasion.

The Nice Yard Chook Depend is a joint undertaking of the Nationwide Audubon SocietyCornell Lab of Ornithology, and Birds Canada and is made attainable partly by founding sponsor Wild Birds Limitless.

Step-by-step directions for coming into your fowl lists for the GBBC:
* Merlin Chook ID app: https://www.birdcount.org/merlin-bird-id-app
* eBird Cell app: https://www.birdcount.org/ebird-mobile-app
* eBird on a pc: https://www.birdcount.org/ebird-on-computer

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Editors: Obtain photographs to make use of with GBBC tales. The usage of this materials is protected by copyright. Use is permitted solely inside tales concerning the content material of this launch. Redistribution or every other use is prohibited with out categorical written permission of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology or the copyright proprietor. 

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Media Contacts:
Nicolas Gonzalez, Audubon, (310) 897-9836, media@audubon.org

Pat Leonard, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, (607) 254-2137, pel27@cornell.edu 

Kerrie Wilcox, Birds Canada, (519) 586-3531 ext. 134, kwilcox@birdscanada.org

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