Join over 100,000 other bird lovers between February 12th-15th by participating in the the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's bird count. This annual event started in 1998 and was the first online experiment that attempted to collect data from "citizen-scientists" and then share it online almost immediately.
The Great Backyard Bird Count is open to anyone in the world; to participate, count and tally the birds you see over the course of at least a 15-minute bird watching session. You can then submit your findings on their site.
Photos are encouraged and there is a photo contest with prizes for several categories, including photos that depict bird behavior or bird habitats.
With the warmer temps this winter, have you been outside more and spotted a greater variety of birds? Tell us what you've seen in the comments below!