Did you know that it is the Year of the Bird? To mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, why not join the celebration by being part of Global Big Day on the 5th May, this Saturday! This is a worldwide 24 hour ‘birdwatch’ in which you commit as much time as you like to counting the birds you see. You can stay in one spot like a garden, or even go for a walk and travel around – all you need is a free eBird account. If you took part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch then I am sure you will enjoy this too!
What I find exciting about Global Big Day is the fact that the stats will be updated in real-time, meaning everyone involved will be able to see sightings from over 150 countries and make comparisons based on location or climate, for example, whilst actually taking part. Last year 6,659 species were reported during Global Big Day, which was a new record. I wonder whether that number will be beaten on Saturday?