The bird count website has instructions on how to participate. Find a time and a place where you can watch birds for at least 15 minutes. Record the birds that you see and note the number of each species. Then visit http://www.birdcount.org and submit a checklist with your sightings. You can submit as many checklists as you want during the weekend of the count, and each time that you watch birds should be recorded on a separate checklist. If you have further questions about the protocols, check the FAQs.
For more information:
- My blog posts on Great Backyard Bird Counts from previous years
- How to participate
- Highlights from the 2010 Great Backyard Bird Count
- Top ten lists for 2010
- 2010 Results from each state and province
Finally, check out the incredible tally for St. Petersburg, Florida, which reported 1.45 million American Robins over the four days of the count.