Thursday, October 1, 2009

Project FeederWatch is Fast-Approaching!

Have you signed up for Project FeederWatch yet? I mailed in my renewal a few weeks ago. Better stock up on black-oil sunflower seed and nijer seed/thistle!

Here's the press release from Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

Help Project FeederWatch Track Backyard Birds—Bird watchers needed to help scientists discover changes in bird populations

Ithaca, NY—What happens in the backyard should not stay in the backyard—at least when it comes to bird feeders. By sharing information about which birds visit their feeders between November and April, backyard bird watchers can help scientists track changes in bird numbers and movements from year to year, through Project FeederWatch, a citizen-science program from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada.

Project FeederWatch begins on November 14 and runs through early April. Taking part is easy. Anyone can count the numbers and kinds of birds at their feeders and enter their information on the FeederWatch website. Participants submitted nearly 117,000 checklists last season. Since 1987, more than 40,000 people from the United States and Canada have taken part in the project.

“To get the most complete picture of bird movements, we always need new sets of eyes to tell us what species are showing up at backyard feeders,” says David Bonter, leader of Project FeederWatch. “Participants always tell us how much fun it is and how good it feels to contribute to our understanding of birds by submitting their sightings.”

Project FeederWatch is for people of all ages and skill levels. To learn more and to sign up, visit www.feederwatch.org or call the Cornell Lab toll-free at (866) 982-2473. In return for the $15 fee ($12 for Cornell Lab members) participants receive the FeederWatcher’s Handbook, an identification poster of the most common feeder birds, a calendar, complete instructions, and Winter Bird Highlights, an annual summary of FeederWatch findings.

Participant Nancy Corr of Harrisburg, Oregon, sums up her Project FeederWatch experience: “Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to share our love of birding and to participate in something meaningful!”

Here are links to my 2008-2009 FeederWatch posts:

Project FeederWatch- Week 1
Project FeederWatch- Week 2
Project FeederWatch- Week 3
Project FeederWatch- Week 17

I'm excited for the new season because of my new zoom lens and tripod combo! I hope to get better pictures this year. Well, and more interesting visitors too of course.

2 comments:

dAwN said...

Looking forward to you photos with your new Zoom lens!!!

BirdingGirl said...

@Dawn- I'm looking forward to it too. I need to stock up on black-oil sunflower. I've got thistle out right now and the birds are all ignoring it.