It is time once again for dedicated feeder-tenders to sign up for Project FeederWatch, the winter census project you can do from your kitchen window. This is a wonderful program that enables ordinary folks to take their enjoyment of our feathered winter visitors a notch further and make a real contribution to bird population science. One of several Citizen Science programs run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in partnership with National Audubon, Project FeederWatch is the oldest and largest. Since 1987, people all over the U.S. and Canada have been collecting and submitting feeder data, which has proven to be a valuable tool for monitoring winter bird populations.
You do not have to be a super birder to participate. You only need to be able to identify the birds that come to your feeders. But you must be willing to commit to keeping an eye on your feeders for a couple of hours or more during two consecutive days every two weeks during the winter months. There is a $15 fee for enrolling in the program. You will receive a project kit and the Lab's very informative quarterly newsletter, BirdScope. Participants report that the tremendous satisfaction they receive from participating in the program is well worth the small investment of time and money.
You can sign up now if you have Internet access. The address for the Lab's web page is www.birdsource.org. Click on the Project FeederWatch button. While you are there, browse the BirdSource website for all sorts of great ornithological information. If you can't register electronically, we plan to have registration material available at our fall programs. Or write to: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Project FeederWatch, P.O. Box 11, Ithaca, NY 14851.
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