The #BigYearAtHome campaign is an interactive, fun, engaging, friendly, and collaborative challenge that aims to welcome different kinds of communities to participate in birdwatching and bird conservation activities. We have lost about 3 billion birds since 1970, and we can help bring them back. Our goal is to share monthly challenges, information, and activities that will help you connect with birds and take action to help them recover. Communities in large cities and towns, communities with wide-open spaces around homes and other buildings, and everyone in-between is welcome to participate
Each month, we’ll post “Monthly Challenges,” a variety of activities that you can participate in from the place where you live, or nearby. We’ll also share information about activities and places that might be a little (or a lot!) farther away from the place where you live. You can expect to see birdwatching challenges, eBird checklist challenges, challenges to participate with family and friends, challenges to attend virtual presentations, and more. Throughout the campaign we’re asking you to put safety first. You can help birds from almost anywhere, so we’d like you to participate in your #BigYearAtHome from places where you are safe and feel comfortable.
To get started, check out the video and Activity Feed on this page. To stay connected, we welcome you to sign up for email updates, follow Partners in Flight on Facebook / Twitter, or contact us through the form on this page.
Welcome to your #BigYearAtHome!
#BigYearAtHome Activity Feed
- #BigYearAtHome July Challenges — Explore and ShareIn July we challenge our #BigYearAtHome community to 1) Explore a National Wildlife Refuge and 2) Take a Kid Birding.
- How can we complete the June Challenge to make windows safer for birds at home?Ready to learn more about our June Challenge to help birds with the Seven Simple Actions? Action #1 is “Turn out lights and treat windows to keep birds safe.” Joelle Gehring of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has some great suggestions for how you can treat your windows at home. Click through to find low-cost, attractive options for treating windows, and to learn how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking Action #1 of the Seven Simple Actions.
- You can download the new birdwatching mobile game “Find the Birds” for free!“Find the Birds” is a free mobile game created by 15-year-old Adam Dhalla from Coquitlam, British Columbia. Click through to watch a video about the game, learn more about Adam, and find links to the free download.
- #YouBelongHere free coloring pages!Click through to view and download #YouBelongHere inclusive coloring pages that show us everyone belongs in nature! Artwork by Logan Kralik (https://www.facebook.com/narwhalkisses) for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
- Science Daily Article “From Avocet to Zebra Finch: Big data study finds more than 50 billion birds in the world”This new study from New South Wales estimates that “there are roughly 50 billion individual birds in the world… about six birds for every human on the planet.” Read more at https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210517194658.htm. (By the way! Enjoying birds from home is a great first step to help that number stay at 50 billion!)