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Pace Professor Peggy Minnis writes EarthDesk:

The Great Backyard Bird Count  kicks off today, February 14.  It is a great way to become aware of yoiur surroundings, begin identifying birds and provide the Cornell Ornithology Lab with a massive amount of data.  There is no set amount of time required or number of birds to identify.  Last year, my students enjoyed this project and we may have produced a few birders.

From the website:

In 2013, Great Backyard Bird Count participants in 111 countries counted 33,464,616 on 137,998 checklists, documenting 4,258 species – more than one-third of the world’s bird species.

For those wanting to extend this bird identification activity, eBird offers a way to contribute information all year.