Well, I had the week all planned out - five more posts on the Arctic before going on to other things. But fate and my laptop interfered and I touched the wrong key and totally lost the entire 4th post in the group. Now I've started over to write that post again, but it will take a few days, so I'll keep trying to post some other things of interest, starting today with the Great Backyard Bird Count.
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) started in 1998, as an effort to build a large international database on bird sightings through 'citizen science'. It's run by the Audubon Society. the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Birds Canada. three of the most reputable agencies in North America, and the work is all done by citizen volunteers. The annual event is on this weekend from tomorrow, Feb. 12th to Monday Feb 15th. so you get 4 days to keep track of the birds you see.