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Originally published in Castine Patriot, February 7, 2019 and Island Ad-Vantages, February 7, 2019 and The Weekly Packet, February 7, 2019
Bird counting for all ages

Downeast Audubon is encouraging bird watchers of all ages to help count birds, February 15-18, to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are.

Anyone who has internet access can participate in this mid-winter birding event sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon. All you have to do is:

Count birds for at least 15 minutes at your favorite location(s).

Record the highest number of each species seen at once.

Enter your checklists on the GBBC website gbbc.birdcount.org/ or on your eBird account.

Launched in 1998, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Since the merger with eBird, people from all over the world can now participate in this global event.