Join the Great Backyard Bird Count!
Green San Miguel
By Signe Hammer and April Gaydos, photos by Bob Graham
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual four-day event in which more than 100,000 people of all ages, all over the world, find and count birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Anyone can take part, from beginners to experts. This is the second year that Audubon has organized a GBBC in San Miguel, and we hope you’ll join in!
Audubon de Mexico outdoor activities
Great Backyard Bird Count
Fri, Feb 13 – Mon, Feb 16
Various locations and times
Why count birds? Through changes in migration patterns, birds are bellwethers of climate change and the earth’s overall health. Globally, more than 1,200 bird species—12 percent of the total—face extinction over the next century. In North America alone, up to half of the 650 bird species may be forced to find new places to live and breed, facing extinction if they can’t adapt. Citizen science like the GBBC may help to save them because no single scientist or team of scientists could hope to document and understand the complex distribution and movements of so many species in such a short time. The more researchers learn about how birds are doing, the better we can protect these beautiful creatures and the environment we share with them.
To help you get ready for the GBBC, Audubon is hosting a presentation on Wednesday, February 11, at 1pm in La Biblioteca’s Teatro Santa Ana. Birding 101 will show you how to identify our local birds by their shape, size, field marks, and sound. For more details, see the announcement in this issue.
Become a citizen scientist: count birds in your own backyard! Friday to Monday, February 13-16. If you are familiar with our local birds, you can participate in the GBBC by counting the birds in your own back (or front) yard or local park. It only takes 15 minutes a day, for as many of the four days as you’d like. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to preregister and get the information you’ll need to make your numbers count.
Join the Audubon bird walk on Sunday, February 15, 7:45am-12pm. Adults and children aged 10 and up with parents are welcome. In English. Early birds get the worm! Or, at least, a chance to see and count a variety of local and wintering birds along a quiet, tree-lined stretch of the Rio Laja. Transportation by carpooling. Meet in front of the Instituto Allende at 7:45am. Audubon members free, non-members 150 pesos.
Lend a hand, contribute to research and conservation, and have fun—join us for the GBBC! For more information, visit the Audubon website at www.audubonmex.org.