WHEN? Friday, February 16th thru Monday, February 19th

WHO? Anyone who can recognize the birds in their yard

WHERE? Watch the birds that come to your feeders, neighborhood or any trail, park or other location.

WHY? To provide a database for scientists to study changes in bird populations.

The GBBC is sponsored by
National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Did you know that the Bald Eagle, Brown Pelican, and Osprey almost disappeared from the U.S. during the last century?  In 1970, there were zero pelicans counted on the Pensacola CBC.  The near loss of these iconic birds was directly due to the use of the pesticide DDT. Luckily, the downward trends of their populations were noted by citizens and scientists alike. From Citizen Science bird counts like the GBBC, ornithologists are able to see population changes in real time, with real data to study those trends.

The GBBC is a fun time and opportunity for you to give something back to the birds!

Join the Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 16 – 19.
For more details, go to

What do you need to do?

  1. Create a free GBBC accountif you have never participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count or any other Cornell Lab citizen-science project, or have not participated in the GBBC since 2013. If you already created an account for the GBBC in the past, or if you’re already registered with eBird or another Cornell Lab citizen-science project, you can use your existing user name and password.
  2. Count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC (your backyard or anywhere)
  3.  Enter your results on the GBBC website by clicking theSubmit Observationstab on the home page
  4. Join other birders at Ann Forster’s House from 9 – 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb.18 to count birds.

FMWAS Great Backyard Bird Count at Ann Forster’s backyard, 447 Creary St., Pensacola, FL 32507