Project FeedWatch has started!November 15, 2014
Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit bird feeders throughout North America. Participants count all the birds at they see at their feeders 2 consecutive days a week. This citizen science field program runs from mid November through early April. Birders load up their findings at the Project FeederWatch website. FeederWatch data helps scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. The data collected over the winter is critical in developing long term conservation plans to protect our winter birds.
New participants are sent a Research Kit with complete instructions for participating, as well as a bird identification poster and more. You provide the feeder(s) and seed. Then each fall participants receive our 16-page, year-end report, Winter Bird Highlights. Participants also receive the Cornell Lab newsletter. All needed information and forms are also on-line.
There is a $18 annual participation fee for U.S. residents ($15 for Cornell Lab members). The participation fee covers materials, staff support, web design, data analysis, and the year-end report (Winter Bird Highlights). Project FeederWatch is supported almost entirely by participation fees. Without the support of our participants, this project wouldn’t be possible. Project FeederWatch is operated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada.
Go to projectfeederwatch.org to sign up and get started. Stop by Pagosa Feed and see Beverly for more information.
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