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Great Backyard Bird Count 2015

13 Feb 2015 - 16 Feb 2015

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GBBC-India summary of results is now available here.

WHAT
GBBC-India is the Indian implementation of the global Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs for 4 days every February. In 2014, birders from 135 countries took part, documenting over 4,000 species in more than 140,000 checklists. Indian birders have participated in the GBBC since the event went global in 2013. In 2014, India topped the global listing of countries in terms of number of species reported (>800) during the four days of the count! More results from GBBC-India 2014 are here, and additional information about the global GBBC is here.

WHY
Most importantly, it’s fun! More seriously, these annual snapshots of bird populations help to answer a variety of important questions, including how birds are distributed across the country, how they are affected by habitat changes and weather, and whether populations and distributions are changing. In addition, you can use the opportunity of this event to get others involved in birding, to reach out to the general public, or even to run a local or regional project! Here are some more ideas about the opportunities that the GBBC presents.

Remember, tens of thousands of birders and nature enthusiasts from across the globe will be watching birds during the four days of the event — let’s join them!

WHEN
The dates for GBBC 2015 are 13-16 February.

HOW
Go birding for at least 15 min, listing and counting all the species you see. It doesn’t matter if you can’t identify every single species — what you can identify is good enough! Login to www.ebird.org and submit your species list. For those new to eBird, see the brief description here, and do go through our beginner’s guide and make sure you create an account and start using eBird right away to get used to the platform.

WHO
GBBC-India is coordinated by the Bird Count India partnership, a coming-together of a number of Indian groups and organizations that are interested in birds, nature and conservation. Do join us! You can read about the goals of Bird Count India, and see a listing of partners.

Any questions: please contact us through the comments below.

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When
13 Feb 2015 - 16 Feb 2015

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