DENVER - Nature lovers all over the world are joining forces for a weekend filled with bird counting.
The 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) starts this Friday, Feb. 14 till Monday, Feb. 17.
All across the world people can count birds for at least 15 minutes and enter their sightings at www.BirdCount.org.
By gathering information, volunteers are helping to track the health of different bird breeds on a level that would not be otherwise possible.
Thanks to the success of eBird, an online checklist program created by the Cornell Lab and Audubon, participants have been able to report their sightings from six different continents. In just four days, 34 million and 4,258 species were recorded-more than one-third of the world's total bird species.
This program is a way for people to come together for a great cause and make a difference for birds. The program is free and simple. To learn more about the program and how to participate visit www.birdcount.org.
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