Are you one of the many Carolinians who keep a bird feeder because you like to watch your backyard birds during the winter? Perhaps you just enjoying hearing or seeing birds when you go out for your daily walk. You may not know it, but those simple bird observations can help scientists better understand bird populations here in the Carolinas and globally.
Every year, over four days in February people around the world participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, spending time in their favorite places (even their backyards!) watching and counting birds. They record the birds they see as part of a citizen science initiative that helps the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and other scientists analyze and track birds around the globe. The Great Backyard Bird Count has been happening since 1998 and is now the world’s largest community science project.
This year the count is happening from February 12-15. If you are interested in participating, the Carolina Thread Trail is perfect place to count birds!
Here are a few of our favorite trails for birding:
Even if you don’t make it to one of these three, any of the trails in the Carolina Thread Trail network offer an opportunity for birding. Check out the Thread Trail online map to find one near you.
And make sure you check out more about the Great Backyard Bird Count, to learn how you can participate and submit your bird sightings!