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contribute to ongoing research and conservation
sharing your backyard bird observations with scientists
you enjoy attracting birds to your yard by creating a bird-friendly environment
with plants, feeders, and water, then you will enjoy participating in the
Cornell Lab's popular citizen science project - Project FeederWatch.
Feeder Watching is fun!
As a FeederWatcher you'll
Attract feeder birds to your yard
Watch and count your birds in the winter
Share your observations with scientists
Learn how winter bird populations are changing
FeederWatching is important!
canít be everywhere all the time, but FeederWatchers are. And
because FeederWatchers send their backyard observations to
the Lab of Ornithology, scientists can track large-scale movements
of winter bird populations and monitor long- term trends in bird distribution
Who can participate?
Project FeederWatch is for anyone interested in birds, the outdoors, or
nature. Itís a great activity to do with your family, youth group, or by
yourself. Itís easy to do at home, at a nature center, or in some other
How much time will it take?
up to you! Select your own "bird-count days" once every two weeks
from November through April. Watch birds on all or part of those
days. Then fill out the easy checklists showing which birds and how
many of them visited your yard during the selected period..
New participants in this project
Simple instructions for counting the birds
Easy-to-read handbook with science-based recommendations for
a. maintaining a clean and safe feeder area
b. selecting bird feeders and foods
c. attracting birds to your yard
d. identifying birds
e. discouraging predators and pests
Data submission forms
Bird identification poster
Colorful wall calendar
One-year subscription to Birdscope
Access to FeederWatch OnLine
How much does it cost?
for members of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
For questions about the project:
Nancy Kenyon at
For more information about the
program and/or to sign up for it:
the Cornell Lab FeederWatch web page at: http://birds.cornell.edu/pfw/
is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon
Society, Bird Studies Canada, and the Canadian Nature Federation. Project
FeederWatch is sustained through annual participantsí fees.