GBBC eNews: Photo Contest Winners, Webinars for Teachers, and More

GBBC eNewsletter 

January 2017

Nick Saunders of Saskatchewan captured top honors for his photo of these two handsome White-winged Crossbills.

2016 Photo Contest Winners!

Drum roll, please: The winners of the 2016 Great Backyard Bird Count photo contest are here! Nick Saunders of Saskatchewan was awarded first place in the Overall category for his image of two White-winged Crossbills perched on a branch near water. Nick received the Jagunda Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder from GBBC sponsor, Droll Yankees, for his win. These are the other first-place finishers in the 2016 contest:

Christine Sandberg, Florida, United States

Mary LePatourel, British Columbia, Canada

Srikrishna Das, Odisha, India

Susan Murray, Pennsylvania, United States

Ann Foster, Florida, United States

Visit our contest winners web pages to see the top five places and honorable mentions in all the categories. Thank you to everyone who participated--so many beautiful images made for some tough decisions!

City Slickers

Rock Pigeons by Patricia O'Connor, Maine, 2016 GBBC
Thousands of people around the world submit images to the GBBC photo contest. You might think it takes an exotic species to score a really eye-catching image. Not so. Be inspired by some beautiful photos taken of common birds found in cities and then see what you can do for the 2017 contest! Read more.
Eastern Bluebirds flocked to Tami Gingrich's feeder in Ohio during the last GBBC and also earned her an Honorable Mention in the Group Category!

Winter Bird-Feeding Tips

Tens of millions of people in North America enjoy feeding wild birds. Whether you've been doing this for years or are just getting into the habit, we'd like to offer a few guidelines on winter bird feeding. Download this PDF with information about what kind of foods to offer, the types of feeders to consider, and where to place your feeders to reduce the chance of window collisions. You want to have plenty of birds to count for the GBBC!

If you're offering suet this winter, you're giving birds high-energy food they can really use. Read about some of the birds most likely to visit your suet feeder.

Herring Gull by Alvan Buckley, Newfoundland, 2016 GBBC. Honorable Mention in the Behavior Category.

How Smart Are Birds?

Well, just like people, there's a wide range of intelligence levels among birds. Two new books delve into this fascinating topic and, since you've got a few weeks before the GBBC begins, consider cozying up on the couch to learn more about what goes on (or not) in the mind of a bird.

Read the reviews.

The next GBBC is
February 17-20, 2017

Free GBBC Webinars for Educators

Teach the love of birds! Photo by Paula Brown, South Carolina. 2016 GBBC. Second place winner in the People Category.
We're offering two free live webinars to help teachers, homeschoolers, informal educators, nature centers, and others teach science using the GBBC. You'll learn about citizen science and how to participate in the count. The webinars are being held on January 10 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time and on January 17 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Learn more and sign up by clicking on the date you wish to attend.
Brown Pelicans and California Gulls congregate. This third-place winner in the Group Category is by Tony Peebles of California. It's really impressive full size. See it on the winners' pages.

Counting Flocks

We're often asked by GBBC participants how to estimate the number of birds when there's a large flock and especially if there's a mix of species in the same flock. Time for a counting refresher courtesy of eBird. Articles linked below will help you feel more confident about your estimates if the situation arises.

Bird Counting 101: estimating flocks

Bird Counting 201: mixed flocks and moving flocks

Northern Cardinal by Bette Parette, Massachusetts, 2016 GBBC.

FeederWatch Deal

There's still time to participate in Project FeederWatch! For this special 30th anniversary season, sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited is offering all FeederWatchers a coupon for $15 off a $50 purchase in participating stores. Sign up for Project FeederWatch today and start counting your backyard birds!



Visit Wild Birds Unlimited, a sponsor of the Great Backyard Bird Count!

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