Help Count Devils Lake Birds

2013 Great Backyard Bird Count
Participate February 15th to 18th

Did you ever wonder what birds are on or near Devils Lake?  Perhaps you have seen Bill Henderson’s bird photographs on our Facebook page?  Did you know an annual count of bird species has been done on the lake since 2006?  The 2012 count for the Otis location identified 36 species and 1,064 during the Great Backyard Bird Count.

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of winter bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the event and report their sightings online at Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers, to experts, and you can now participate from anywhere in the world! It is very easy to participate just follow these simple instructions.  Let’s expand the data available on Devils Lake birds and have fun doing it!  To get started you can download this 2012 GBBC Checklist for Otis which you can use to participate in the count and enter your result later in the weekend.

The 16th annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 15, through Monday, February 18, 2013. Please visit the official website at for more information and be sure to check out the latest educational and promotional resources.

It’s free, fun, and easy. Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. Last year, participants turned in more than 104,000 online checklists, creating the continent’s largest instantaneous snapshot of bird populations ever recorded.

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