You Can Be Part Of The Team—Every Bird Counts

by Margaret Parodi and Kathy Ross

The 25th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will take place February 18-21, 2022. The GBBC is a free, fun and easy nationwide event that engages bird appreciators of all ages in counting birds to create a real time snapshot of bird populations around the world just prior to spring migration.  Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes or spend the day (as long as you wish) on one or more days of the four-day event. Choose the easiest way for you to report your sightings:

  • Identify birds with Merlin Bird ID app and add sightings to your list;
  • Use the eBird Mobile app;
  • Enter your bird list on for Desktop or laptop)

If you have never participated in the GBBC before, or have not participated since before 2013, you’ll need to set up an account. Any of the three ways of reporting, Merlin Bird ID, eBird Mobile,, will walk you through the process of setting up your free account. If you already have an account please use the same username and password for submitting your bird list for the GBBC.

Anyone can take part in the GBBC from beginning bird watchers to experts and you can participate from your own backyard or anywhere around the world. Use the following link to learn more about this important citizen science project