Gearing Up for GBBC
Audubon Pennsylvania
Chapter Chatter Newsletter January 2021
GBBC
Gearing Up for GBBC
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is one of a handful of projects around which we can come together as an entire network, each participating in ways that make sense for our communities and our capacity! It’s a near-perfect engagement tool for this moment, but even in more “normal” times, GBBC is an engagement ribbon with the potential to stitch together all Audubon chapters in a collaborative community science effort for four days every February.
  • It offers a way to connect with your members through one of their favorite activities.
  • It provides a welcoming entry point for novice birders and first-time participants to get to know you.
  • It allows for health-conscious engagement and social connection in a COVID world.
  • It’s flexible! People can participate safely from just about anywhere.   
  • And, it’s an opportunity to come together as a network around an event that we can all find a way in which to participate.
With just three weeks until the 2021 Great Backyard Bird Count, check out the new tools created this year to help you expand your reach! Click Here to See What's New
Tufted Titmouse and Carolina Chickadee. Photo Gary Mueller/GBBC
GBBC Live!
GBBC Live!
This year, we’re adding a new, online element to the GBBC. Since most folks won’t be able to get together in person, we’re presenting a GBBC Live! segment on February 13th and 14th with guest hosts every half hour from across the network. Hosts will chat with participants, help identify birds, answer eBird questions, offer help with checklists, and be a welcoming face for GBBC birders.

Want to get your chapter in on the fun? There are a few hosting spaces still available and we’d love to spotlight your chapter. We’re recruiting hosts through January 31st so let us know if you would like to get involved. For more information, email Kelly.

  View the GBBC Live! hosting line-up here.
GBBC
New Year, New Resources
The communications and education staff have been hard at work behind the scenes creating new GBBC resources for you to use this year. Included in the bundle are:
  • Shareable GBBC Videos for web or social
  • GBBC Social Media Posts with lots of designs and styles from which to choose
  • Web Pages – pa.audubon.org/gbbc makes it easy
  • Promotional Tools – media alerts, poster designs, presentations, email blurbs, and more
There’s even a promotional timeline that makes sharing and promoting GBBC throughout your chapter and your communities simple and quick.  View and download everything you need here.
Creative Engagement Strategies
Need some inspiration and creative ideas for jumpstarting your outreach to your members, your partners, and your communities?
 
Annual Reports Due - January 31st
Chapter annual reporting season is drawing to a close. If you haven’t already submitted your annual Audubon chapter report, be sure to complete the process by January 31, 2021. 
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