Big Bird Count is Back

Big bird count is back
Jon Manchester - Feb 13, 2018

The Great Backyard Bird Count is back.

The 21st annual event is exactly as it sounds – participants count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more of the count days (Feb. 16-19), then report their sightings online.

Claude Rioux of the North Okanagan Naturalists' Club says tens of thousands of volunteers around the globe will take part.

The count is an important snapshot at the health of the ecosystem and an annual tradition for birding enthusiasts across the country.

"Many members of our local naturalist club participate every year," said Rioux.

If wintry weather keeps you indoors, you can count the birds outside your window.

To learn more, visit the GBBC website or email Canadian co-ordinator Kerrie Wilcox at

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a joint project of Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada.