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The global Great Backyard Bird Count has a winner among districts and counties. And it Salem of Tamil Nadu.

What is Global great Backyard Bird Count?

  • GBBC India is the Indian implementation of the global Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs for 4 days every February. Indian birders have participated in the GBBC since the event went worldwide in 2013.
  • Most importantly, it’s fun! But there is a serious aspect as well. These annual snapshots of bird populations help answer a variety of important questions, including how birds are distributed across the country, how they are affected by changes in habitat and weather, and whether populations and distributions might be changing from year to year. In addition, you can use the opportunity of this event to get others involved in birding, to reach out to the general public, or even to run a local or regional project.
  • Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.
  • The 22nd annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 15, through Monday, February 18, 2019.

Key data’s:

  • Pair of beady-eyed olive-brown little birds a native of the taigas or snow forests of northern Eurasia, migrates every year to India but is a rarity in Salem district.
  • India, in fact, saw a staggering response to the GBBC this year
  • 1,786 birdwatchers spent a whopping 10,764 person-hours documenting birds not just in their backyards, but in wild spaces too.
  • Participants from 31 States and Union Territories spotted 852 species, making India the country to record the third highest number of species worldwide.
  • India contributed 22,273 lists, the second highest after the U.S.
  • More than 80% of districts in Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Goa contributed to the GBBC.

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