2021 Great Backyard Bird Count

Get outside and participate in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count! Started in 1998 by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, it is the first online community science project to gather data on wild birds. People in more than 100 countries participate in helping put together a global count over 96 continuous hours.

How to Participate

It’s simple to participate and something the entire family can do! This year from February 12 – 15th spend 15 minutes counting birds you see in your backyard, or a park or anywhere in your area. Register your family HERE and then submit your data after your count.

Want to be more prepared? Check out this “how to” slideshow and this picture based bird identification guide. You can also download one of these free apps to help with bird identification.

Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count

Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count

Be a part of the first online community science project by gathering data on wild birds in your area.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost Free


  • Notebook
  • Pencil


  • Binoculars
  • Bird Identification Book or App


  1. Create an account on the Great Backyard Bird Count website: gbbc.birdcount.org
  2. Collect your materials and go outside. You can count in your backyard, your local park, or any where in your area.
  3. Count birds for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Keep a list of the species of birds, how many you saw, and how long you watched.
  5. Enter your list online at gbbc.Birdcount.org
  6. You can put in a new list for different days, locations, or times of the same day.


The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual event that was started by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. The count is done over a four day period in February. This year (2020) the count will occur February 14 - 17th.

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Lauren Breeze

Lauren is a transplant from Texas and has become a local tourist exploring the area with her two children. She loves to discover new places in Nashville to share with others.

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