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Icelanders Encouraged To Count Birds For An Hour Today

BirdLife Iceland (Fuglavernd) is asking the general public to participate in the Annual Bird Count, which runs from January 26th to 29th.

Iceland is home to numerous bird species, and keeping track of them all can be a daunting task. Fortunately, the part the general public plays is fairly straightforward. One need only observe their yard for an hour, and count how many birds of which species they see. Those who do not have a yard are encouraged to visit a public park for the count instead.

For those unfamiliar with Iceland’s different bird species, BirdLife Iceland has a helpful print-out (.pdf) that can be used for reference. Once the count is completed, one need only visit this Google form to submit the results.

BirdLife Iceland emphasises that one should only count birds that they see actually land in their yard, or in their area of a public park. Birds who are in flight are not to be counted, in order to avoid birds being counted twice.

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