BirdLife organises a bird spotting event in your own garden this weekend (25-26.1.2014). Everyone is welcome to join without signing up or paying an entrance fee. Last year more than 19 000 people in more than 12 400 gardens participated in the event!
The idea is to spend one hour in the garden during the weekend. During the hour you need to recognise the birds you spot, count how many birds of the same species are at once to be seen, and report your findings by Jan 31st either by filling in an online form or by sending a post card with the findings to BirdLife Suomi, Annankatu 29 A 16, 00100 Helsinki. Remember to write your name and address as well the address and time of the spotting and the number of bird spotters present.
You are very welcome to report your findings in the comments of this blog as well!
The overall results in Finland are continuously updated.
There will be a lottery among all the participants, and among others 1 weeks accommodation for 4 people on Ylläs are to be won.
* Roughly the same information will be found in Finnish and Swedish on BirdLife’s homepage.
I think I’d be quite keen on participating unless I wouldn’t suck on both spotting AND recognising birds. Even my 3 yo knows to ask for the phone to call her grandmother when she wants to know what anything beyond a chicken is… However, if my kids were at school studying birds, I think the event would be a great way of supporting their school work. Maybe I’ll have to take the challenge then?
PS Since I started this blog, I have to say that it has been very entertaining to pay more attention to all the free events out there that I failed to notice before. If you want to read about the annual free events we have participated in, take a look at the page Free Events.