Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. Anyone can sign up to be part of this scientific research, which is used to study trends in bird distribution and abundance.
The small fee for Project Feeder Watch covers a materials kit including instructions, a bird identification poster, a wall calendar, a resource guide to bird feeding, and data forms. The survey starts November 10 and runs for 21 weeks, through early April. You can sign up after November up until February 28th, and you can sign up for the following year starting on March 1st.
This is a popular citizen science project that can be done quite easily from home. The project was discussed on Martha Stewart’s television show in October, 2007, further popularizing it.
Join the fun and help monitor our fine feathered friends this winter!