The Triangle Bird Count (TBC) is a community science project to help monitor the abundance and diversity of bird species in urban habitats modeled after several other Urban Bird Counts already being conducted in North America. This is an annual count of April 15th to May 31st since 2019.

The TBC is a new project from NC State University’s Reconciliation Ecology Lab, dedicated to mapping the distribution and abundance of bird species in and around the cities of North Carolina’s “Research Triangle”: Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Cary, and Garner.

Volunteers will spend one morning (or more), of their choice, during April 15- May 31 counting birds at fixed locations using a standard protocol.

What will the data be used for?

TBC data will be publicly available to local communities to help build a better understanding of nature and biodiversity right where we live and work and to inform land use and urban planning. By monitoring the changes in diversity and abundance over time we can gain a better understanding of the ecology of our local bird populations.

Insights generated from these data can also help improve decision-making regarding local land use and urban development. All results, including interactive distribution maps, will be freely available via our online data portal.

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