Citizen Scientists are for the Birds!
Believe it or not, before I started working at Golden Gate Audubon months back, I had never heard of the concept of everyday people counting birds in their own backyard as an important way to contribute to real scientific research.
So imagine my delight to hear about Cornell University and National Audubon’s annual outfit: The Great Backyard Birdcount, where novices like me can learn about local birds, make a meaningful contribution to avian research, and learn cool bird facts to impress friends at cocktail parties!
They have made the event easy for all ages to participate, especially youth and seniors, and spread over a few days so you can participate in your leisure.
Give it a try!
Learn How: http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/howto.html
Find an event near you: http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/local-events
We would love to learn about your experiences, so report back to Outdoor Afro your findings!