BIODIVERSITY: Counting birds in the garden over the weekend on May 28 and 29

What species will be most present in gardens this spring? To find out, LPO Bourgogne-Franche-Comté invites you to participate in this wonderful weekend countdown without being an expert in ornithology.

May 28th and 29th, people pay attention to the number of birds in our garden!

Great Tit, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch… What species will be in your garden this year? Discover them by participating in the national park bird-counting weekend organized by the LPO and the National Museum of Natural History on May 28 and 29, 2022. Young or old, novice or experienced. , in the city or in the countryside, you are invited to participate in this new version of this amazing counter!

Count, note, protect! Bird counting activities in the national park allow everyone to take concrete action to support our knowledge and protect our bird fauna by providing a naturalistic database. In the May 2021 count, nearly 3,938 gardens took part in the activity, counting more than 92,703 bird species across France, led by House Sparrow, Blackbird and Great Tit.

This activity takes place every year in two stages: in January for the birds to winter and in May for the birds to breed. In the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region, in January a very powerful campaign took place with more than 1,330 participating gardens. A real record, thank you all! The movement of residents in the area continues to increase around this beautiful event and it is very encouraging. Get active this May!

What species will be most present in gardens this spring? To find out, LPO Bourgogne-Franche-Comté invites you to join this memorable weekend! You don’t have to be an expert bird watcher, you just need to have some time, enjoy observing what’s going on in your garden, and know how to count. Easy !

To join, it’s very easy:
– Select observation date: Saturday May 28 or Sunday May 29, and time 1 hour. During this summer period, prefer early morning or late afternoon, when temperatures are cooler.
– Find a place to look: garden or balcony, in the city or in the countryside. Public parks can also be places of observation;
– Count and write down all the birds that visit the garden in 1 hour. In order not to count the same bird twice, ultimately keeping only the maximum number of birds of the same species observed at the same time;
– Transmit your data to the website of the Garden Bird Observatory:

What happened in the gardens last year?

As of May 2021, 8 major species were identified in a third of the gardens (Blackbird, House Sparrow, Great Tit, Collared Dove, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Blue Tit and Chaffinch).

Present in nearly 14% of the gardens participating in this count, Jay of the oaks is one of the most recognizable thanks to the blue speck present on its wings. Will you watch it this year? Open your eyes!

To help you :
– You can find our species identification sheets and confusion sheets on the website
– Even so, if you are having trouble identifying a bird, send photos to the Observatory’s address ([email protected]). We’ll help you identify it so we can add it to the list of observed species later this week!

We hope to see many of you participate in the new version of this amazing counter.

See you on May 28 and 29, 2022! Don’t hesitate to share a snapshot of your observations on D-Day, on Instagram or Facebook, with the hashtag #LPOBFC or by identifying @lpo_bfc!

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