Today is the kickoff of the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. If you havenâ€™t participated yet, itâ€™s pretty painless. Download the checklist, then simply watch and count the birds you see for a 15-minute span on at least one of the four days of the count, February 12-15. Last year, more than 94,000 people turned in checklists, giving reseplaceers a better idea of the health of bird populations. (Happy to know I am not alone in my bird love geekdom.) If youâ€™re not sure of the identity of a bird, there are two iPhone/iTouch apps for birding and just enough time left to run to your bookstore and pick up a Petersonâ€™s. Of course, the great thing about the GBBC is that you really donâ€™t need anything other than time and a good view. The GBBC site has a link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithologyâ€™s All About Birds page. — Sarah L.