Congratulations to the winners of the 2010 Great Backyard Bird Count photo contest! Our judges have been hard at work classifying, appraising, and selecting winners and runners-up in the contest’s six categories: Overall, Composition, Group, Habitat, Behavior, and People. At left is the winner in the People category—Bernice Muir’s photo of a Chestnut-backed Chickadee that decided to double-check and make sure it had been counted! See the rest of the winners and honorable mentions here.
Congratulations to winners Nick Saunders (overall, American Robin), Linda Alley (composition, Inca Doves), Chandra Jennings (group, Black Skimmers), Katy Bishop (habitat, Royal Terns), Linda Huffman (behavior, Mourning Dove), and Bernice Muir (people, Chestnut-backed Chickadee). Each of them won a bird feeder from Droll Yankees or Wild Birds Unlimited.
The Great Backyard Bird Count happens every February. It attracts nearly 100,000 participants who count some 11 million birds over four days, all across Canada and the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii). The next count is February 18–21, 2011, so mark your calendars. It’s a great way to get a little more out of your feeder watching, and the data help scientists monitor the populations of birds in winter on a grand, continent-wide scale. You can find out more about the count, and explore past results, on the website.
Can’t wait till February to join a photo contest? Try the WeLoveBirds photo contest, going on now!