Some stats on last year's Great Backyard Bird Count

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Subject: Some stats on last year's Great Backyard Bird Count
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:55:34 +0000

"Last year more than 140,000 people from more than 100 countries classified 
nearly half of the world’s bird types during the four-day event. Included in 
the 5,090 different species identified in 2015 were two new bird species, the 
millpo tapaculo and Santa Marta screech-owl, which had never before been 
described in a scientific journal.”

"Interested bird-watchers can join this weekend’s count by using their 
smartphones or a paper and pen to jot down every bird they see in an area for 
at least 15 minutes. They can then upload their findings to the project’s 
website. Details such as color and behavior are useful to ornithological 
sleuths in determining which bird breeds are present. Data from the count 
contribute to other citizen science projects, such as eBird, and help 
scientists learn more about how avian populations cope with climate change and 
harsh weather conditions.

The event also includes a photo contest that features fancy plumage from across 
the globe."
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