|Nutmeg Mannikins flock to a backyard feeder in Mission Viejo. Photo by J.J. Meyer|
You don’t have to don a vest or even own a floppy hat to count birds for science. Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, parks and nature centers. To participate, simply count the birds you see at your feeders during any two-day period from November through early April and post your counts on the Project FeederWatch website. Your data helps scientists track the movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance.
Project FeederWatch is sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada. Click the box to the right to join.