Be a Citizen Scientist at Home!
Project FeederWatch Tracks Winter Birds
6 October 2014 – If you feed birds in your yard each winter, you can support bird research and conservation! Join Project FeederWatch and share information about which birds visit your feeders between November and April to help scientists at Birds Canada and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology track changes in bird numbers and movements.
Participating is easy! Just count the numbers and kinds of birds at your feeders, and enter the information on the Project FeederWatch website (or on printed forms). Last season, more than 3100 Canadians took part in this North America-wide program.
The 2013-14 Project FeederWatch season may have been the coldest, snowiest season since the program began in 1987. Participants in many cities across Canada experienced frigid temperatures, harsh winds, and record snowfall last winter – and reported fewer birds and less variety than in previous seasons.
Each checklist submitted by ‘FeederWatchers’ helps scientists learn more about where birds are, how they are doing, and how to protect them. Participating in Project FeederWatch is a great way for families and friends to connect with nature, have fun, and help birds. You don’t need to be an expert – we’ll provide a poster of common birds and excellent online program resources. And help is just a phone call or email away!
Participants choose how much time to spend on the project. They select their own count period, and count for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on count days. Sightings are entered online at www.birdscanada.org/volunteer/pfw/ or reported on paper data forms.
Project FeederWatch results have helped scientists learn about changes in bird distribution and abundance over time; expansions and contractions in winter ranges; the spread of disease through bird populations; and the kinds of habitats and foods that attract birds.
For more information about Project FeederWatch, please visit our website or contact the coordinator at 1-888-448-2473 or email@example.com. In the United States, please call 1-800-843-2473.
Birds Canada is Canada’s national charity for bird research, Citizen Science, education, and conservation.
Kerrie Wilcox, Canadian Coordinator Project FeederWatch Birds Canada Tel. 519-586-3531 ext. 134 or 1-888-448-2473 firstname.lastname@example.org In the U.S., contact Emma Greig, 607-254-2148, email@example.com
Notes to Editor:
If running a story on Project FeederWatch, please mention that a $35 fee applies.
Contact the Project FeederWatch Coordinator to set up an interview with a local participant.
Photos are available on request.
Project FeederWatch is a joint project of Birds Canada and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
There are four ways to register for Project FeederWatch in Canada:
- Fill out the online form at www.birdscanada.org/volunteer/pfw/
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write to: P.O. Box 160, Port Rowan, Ontario N0E 1M0 (enclose a $35 cheque payable to Birds Canada
- Call Birds Canada toll-free at 1-888-448-2473