Do you want to help scientists assess the diversity of bird species and monitor them during this nesting period? The League for the Protection of Birds (LPO) and the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) provide you with the opportunity to do so by organizing the ninth consecutive year of the spring edition of the national biennial garden bird count.
You don’t have to be an expert to count birds
To participate in the national census to be held on 29 and 30 May 2021. “you don’t have to be an expert“, assures LPO in a press release. First of all it is necessary to choose one of the two days, and above all to find a place suitable for observing common species. .onbserver and note 1 hour all the birds that visit your garden“, states LPO.”The time period for observation is free, it is up to you to choose it by focusing on the morning, when the birds are most active in that period.“Birds observed in flight must not be counted. For each species only the maximum number of birds observed at a time should be calculated.. The number is then kept until a larger number of birds land. This method avoids overestimating (for example, several birds land and one bird returns, which can lead to it being counted twice).
Then, all you have to do is register on the Garden Bird Observatory website (if you haven’t already!) And write down your observations. In case of doubt, LPO and MNHN made the tools available to bird watchers. It is therefore possible to consult species identification sheets as well as cards specially developed to avoid confusion between types especially similar to the untrained eye.
Great success in 2020
The operation achieved real success in 2020, in the middle of a period of detention. “On March 30 and 31, 2020, the number of participants literally exploded under the influence of the “closed but on the lookout” operation, during which more than 22,000 people registered at the bird watching site in gardens of approximately 1,500,000 bird watching across France during the first detention period.“, welcomes LPO. What if we remain curious about nature despite mitigating sanitary measures?