PA Counts

The Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count

We’re number…TWO!
But with your help, we can be number ONE!  Pennsylvania can be the state that has the highest level of participation in the Great Backyard Bird Count, the annual, international citizen science program.

And because you count, we’re inviting you to join a statewide effort to count birds in your backyard during the annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) Feb. 17-20, 2017 

This monitoring program is FUN, FREE, and EASY!  All ages can participate.  And it really makes a difference in bird conservation...what’s in your backyard or schoolyard adds to overall bird conservation knowledge!

All you have to do is look out your window and see what birds are in your backyard or at your feeder(s) during the four days of the GBBC.  Count those birds on one or more of the four days of the event, and submit that information online (one checklist per day).

Here’s how to get involved:
1. Go to and open a free account.
2. Learn more about the event at
3. Fill your feeders, watch the magic, and record what you see at the birdcount page!  Easy!


1.. Feeder birds poster download.   

2.. Learn about seed and feeders

3.. Learn about binoculars and Audubon’s online field guide

4.Take the Healthy Yard Pledge to learn more about birds, native plants, and your backyard. 

5. Explore what plants are good for which bird.

6. Like us on FaceBook to hear about events and activities: birdtownpa

7. For Teachers  - attend webinars about GBBC

8. Ask an expert.  Have questions about birds or the GBBC, send us an email:

9. Pennsylvania’s Top 25 Feeder Birds 


Bucks County Audubon
York libraries
Pennsylvania Game Commission/eBird

How you can help, right now