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Year of the Bird

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Photograph by George Grall

In 2018, we mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years.

Help build a better world for birds by taking a simple but meaningful action each month.

 Count Me In

If you take care of birds, you take care of most of the environmental problems in the world.

Thomas Lovejoy
Biologist and Godfather of Biodiversity

Take Action in February

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Join the Great Backyard Bird Count

Count the birds you see for at least 15 minutes between February 16 and 19. Share your tally to help scientists create a real-time snapshot of the world’s birds. Your observations help track the health of bird populations.

Learn How

This Month's Featured Posts

Birds of the Photo Ark

The National Geographic Photo Ark is using the power of photography to inspire people to help save species at risk before it’s too late. Take a look at some of the birds of the Photo Ark below and learn more about Photo Ark here.

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Joined by more than 100 organizations that work to protect birds and their habitats.

Great Backyard Bird Count Photo: Jeanette Tasey via Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Great Backyard Bird Count photo contest
Featured Post Photos: Juandie Andrades, Victoria Sokolowksu via Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Great Backyard Bird Count photo contest, Ondrej Pelanek/Alamy, Melissa Groo