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Project FeederWatch

White-breasted Nuthatch Photo: Kerrie Wilcox

Project Feederwatch

White-breasted Nuthatch Photo: Kerrie Wilcox

Count the birds you love!


Join us this season for Project FeederWatch, where more than 30,000 people across North America take part in a winter survey that helps to measure changes in the winter ranges and abundances of bird species over time and helps us to ensure the health of our birds and their habitat. And it’s lots of fun!


Project FeederWatch is a joint research and education project of Birds Canada and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that depends on volunteers like you to help us all learn more about bird populations.

Your observations of birds out your window can really help the conservation of Canada’s birds. Sign up for the season, starting November 1 through April 30.

I love to participate in FeederWatch because it makes me feel a strong connection the natural environment around me and because I want to play my little part in helping monitor birds over time.

Lyne Leclerc, ON

It’s easy! All you need to do is:


1. Join Project FeederWatch with a donation of any amount and we’ll send you materials to help you identify and record the birds you see in your area.

2. Count your neighborhood birds periodically throughout the season    (November 1 – April 30).

3. Submit your counts online at or using the new Project FeederWatch mobile app.

Hairy Woodpecker (left) and Downy Woodpecker (right) Photo: Dereck Spencer

You don’t have to have a feeder. The plants, water and other features around our homes provide important habitats for birds year-round. To help birds, we need to understand how these habitats and the birds using them are changing over time. Your counts of winter yard birds tell us which species are doing well and which ones need our conservation attention.  Visit for detailed instructions.

Common Redpoll Photo: Gord Belyea

Everyone is welcome. You don’t need to be an expert birder. You also don’t need to make a huge time commitment – you decide how much time you spend.
Even if you count birds only once during the season, that is a helpful snapshot of the birds in your location.

FeederWatch is funded by its caring participants. Get started by making your donation today! Or give the gift of Project FeederWatch to a fellow bird enthusiast.

Once you’ve donated, you will have access to the Project FeederWatch data entry page and all of the important information you need to turn your bird watching hobby into scientific discoveries! You can explore the Project FeederWatch website here: 

Thank you to our partners and supporters!

Link to Cornell Lab of Ornithology website.
Link to Armstrong Premium Bird Food website
Link to Wild Birds Unlimited website