FeederWatch Needs You
October 24, 2008 – 12:59 pm
I ran into Project FeederWatch leader David Bonter yesterday as I was having lunch beside Sapsucker Woods Pond. David was dressed in jeans and carrying a sack of sunflower seeds, nearly empty from his feeder-filling trip around the pond. It’s been chilly in Ithaca lately, with hard frosts and crisp air sending titmice, chickadees, and juncos to our feeders in droves. David reminded me that it’s time for people to start signing up for this winter’s FeederWatch.
Joining FeederWatch is easy, inexpensive, and convenient. Here’s a rundown of the important facts:
- Joining costs $15, which covers your project kit and helps support the FeederWatch website and the scientists who operate the program and analyze the data (more about this). Lab members get 20% off!
- All participants receive a Common Feeder Birds poster to help with identification, our Winter Bird Highlights publication, and one year (four issues) of the Lab’s newsletter, BirdScope
- The season starts November 8 and runs until
April 3. (You can still join after November 8, but why wait?)
- Each week, you’ll keep track of the birds you see at your feeder for two consecutive days, then tell us the maximum number of each species you saw at any one time
- Report your sightings to us either online or through the mail
- Wait at least five days, then count again
- Don’t worry if you can’t watch every single week of the winter - your data are still valuable to us
- See the full project details here
Take a tour around the Project FeederWatch website: hear participants’ stories, read tips on feederwatching, get kids involved, browse the FAQ, and check out the great American Tree Sparrow in the FeederWatch photos section.
If your yard’s like my yard, the birds are already knocking at your door.
(Image: Red-breasted Nuthatch by bison_bill_c)