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This weekend (February 15-17) marks the 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)! 

The GBBC is a joint partnership between Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, with Bird Studies Canada as the official Canadian partner. It is open to birders of all ages and abilities, and helps provide researchers with citizen science data about where birds are each February.

Last year’s unseasonably warm weather and lack of snow and ice in some regions led to more than two million Snow Geese being reported in two counts at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Missouri. In Ruskin, Florida, participants reported more than one million Tree Swallows, vaulting the species to the GBBC top-ten list of the most numerous birds for the first time ever. 

Scientists use the GBBC information to get the “big picture” about what is happening to bird populations. The longer these data are collected, the more meaningful they become in helping scientists investigate far-reaching questions, like what kinds of population shifts and changes can be expected from future climate change.

Please visit for more information or to download a checklist and participate! Also, make sure to snap some great photos to upload for the National Audubon Society website to be entered for some great prizes!

Interesting: President George W. Bush renovates the Ngungu Health Center on Saturday, June 30, 2012, in Kabwe, Zambia, Africa. President and Mrs. Bush are in Africa to promote the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partnership, which aims to save women from cervical cancer. Photo by Shealah Craighead/The Bush Center

Via the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Good project for your resume, especially for stats/data dorks.

If you think you might be interested in helping to rescue North American historical climate data, you can look at this website. There are similar projects around the world, listed at ACRE (Atmospheric Reconstructions Over the Earth) site, including projects digitising German radiosonde data and old station data from the Solomon Islands.

Source: Real Climate

It would be as a climate change advisor. Now, I’ve volunteered on campaigns before, even canvassed door-to-door in deep red state territory in New Hampshire. But I’ve never interacted with a candidate as an advisor. Have you? Do you have experience as an advisor? Reply below or contact me here if you have Pro-Tips!