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Join the Great Backyard Bird Count!

By Signe Hammer and April Gaydos, photos by Bob Graham and Audubon GBBC

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual four-day event in which people of all ages count birds around the world. Anyone can take part, whether beginner or expert. You can join our special events or count in your own backyard. Last year, more than 160,000 participants created the largest live snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.

Audubon de México Outdoor Activities
Great Backyard Bird Count
Fri–Mon, Feb 16-19
Various locations and times
415 119 4671

Counting birds helps scientists measure the health of the planet. Because of climate change, more than 1,200 bird species around the world face extinction over the next century—including up to half of the 650 North American bird species. Citizen science like the GBBC could help save them. The more researchers learn about how birds are faring, the better we can protect these beautiful creatures and the environment we share with them.

One way you can participate is to join the Audubon Birdwalk on Sunday, February 18, 7:45am–noon (in English). Adults and children 10 and up with parents are welcome. Participants will find and count a variety of local and wintering birds along a quiet, tree-lined stretch of the Rio Laja. Transportation is available by carpool. Meet in front of the Instituto Allende at 7:45am. A few pairs of binoculars to lend to adults and telescopes for everyone are available to look through. No registration necessary. Free for Audubon members, nonmembers 200 pesos or US$10 per person.

You don’t have to participate in the February 18 event to become a citizen scientist. If you are familiar with our local birds, count birds in your own backyard (or in a local park) from February 16–19. It only takes 15 minutes a day, and you can participate for as many of the four days as you’d like. Contact to preregister and get the information you’ll need to make your numbers count! When you participate in our special GBBC events, you’ll receive a free copy of Audubon de México’s Birds of San Miguel guidebook, featuring 81 species commonly found in the San Miguel de Allende area. For more information, visit

Kayaking on the Presa Allende. Monday, February 19, 8:30am–1pm. Registration is necessary. All adults and children 15 and up with parents are welcome.

With our experienced guides, count songbirds in the trees along the Rio Laja channel as well as waterfowl and waders such as pelicans, cormorants, ducks, and egrets. Cost is 100 pesos per person, donated to Audubon. This event is in English.

Register at with your first and last name, e-mail address, and phone number of each person in your party, plus the number of one-person rental kayaks (200 pesos additional per person) needed, if any. We’ll provide directions to the boathouse and coordinate transportation.



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