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Bird watchers around the world join forces

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Over the weekend, people across the world will be counting birds and recording those sightings.

"It's a great tool for scientists," said Mark LaBarr of Audubon Vermont.

It's part of the Great Backyard Bird Count, a partnership between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada.

"And it is a count that is used to collect bird data, so scientists can see where birds are and try to answer questions about how weather impacts birds and whether some species, eruptive species like redpolls are here or aren't here  and track their movements," LaBarr said.

You don't have to stay in your backyard, you can go to any location to look for and record the birds. The only request is that you spend at least 15 minutes per session. And once you finish counting for the day, you can then enter your birds via computer and you can check in real time lists that are submitted across the globe. Just register on the www.birdcount.org site, and enter your sightings.

On this day, we saw something unusual, a brown creeper.

"The one we are going to do is the brown creeper that we saw out there on the trees. So, what we are going to do is we will put in the number of birds we saw, then come down here and hit submit," LaBarr explained.

Click on another space on the site, and you can see people across the world entering their reports, too, and a tally of all birds reported right up to the minute. It's important information from citizen scientists that will be used for research for years to come.

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