What I like about the GBBC is that it's really casual. You could go birding at a wildlife refuge, or you could just walk around your block. You could go with a group, or by yourself. It's all up to you. If you want, you can even take your camera and turn in a picture to the Photo Contest! This count is a fun way to both go birding and help scientists. Ornithologists use the numbers that we turn in to study the impact of West Nile Virus, irruptions of bird populations, and all kinds of cool stuff. I highly encourage you to participate!
I just did my count this morning. I walked to a nearby park and hung out there for a couple of hours. I'm actually kind of surprised by how many birds I found! I wanted to show you guys what birds you might find during your own effort, so I threw together a little video. It looks best if you go full-screen and 720p. :)