22 October 2018 (Port Rowan, ON) – If you have access to a birdfeeder and the internet, you can help Canada’s birds. As little as 15 minutes of your time between November and April will help scientists at Bird Studies Canada and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology learn more about the status of bird populations in North America through the Project FeederWatch Citizen Science program.
“Birds are an important indicator of environmental health and the results of Project FeederWatch each year inform conservation efforts,” said Kerrie Wilcox, Project FeederWatch Coordinator for Bird Studies Canada. “Last year, Canadians reported an average of 42 individual birds per count, down from the long term average of 49. A bumper crop of natural food in the forests may have drawn birds away from feeders. Will bird numbers return to normal this year? We need data from backyards across the country!”
Project FeederWatch is not only a great way to support research and conservation, it’s also a chance for families and friends to learn more about birds, have fun, and connect with nature.
No experience is necessary to take part. Bird Studies Canada provides material to help with bird identification. “FeederWatchers” are asked to select periodic two-day intervals throughout the winter and count birds for at least 15 minutes on those days. They then submit their sightings online.
Anyone can join Project FeederWatch in Canada by making a donation of any amount to Bird Studies Canada. Visit birdscanada.org/feederwatch, call 1-888-448-2473, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the United States, call 1-866-989-2473. The 2018-19 Project FeederWatch season runs from 10 November 2018 to 5 April 2019.
FeederWatchers in Canada will receive a poster of common feeder birds, a calendar, last season’s results, and access to online data tools. Those making a minimum donation of $35 will receive a subscription to Bird Studies Canada’s magazine, BirdWatch Canada.
About Bird Studies Canada
Bird Studies Canada (birdscanada.org) is Canada’s leading national charitable organization dedicated to bird science and conservation. Founded in 1960, Bird Studies Canada operates scientific programs in all 13 Canadian provinces and territories as well as international research programs. The work of 79 Bird Studies Canada staff is supported by 49,000 Citizen Science volunteers.
About Project FeederWatch
Project FeederWatch is a joint research and education project of Bird Studies Canada and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Armstrong Bird Food and Wild Birds Unlimited are national sponsors of Project FeederWatch in Canada. The conversation continues year-round on Facebook.com/groups/FeederWatchCanada/
Photo by Project FeederWatch Participant Janice Carson.
In the U.S., contact Emma Greig, 607-254-2148, email@example.com.