Count birds at your feeder during winter to help scientists

cardinal in snow
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

You can help scientists through Project FeederWatch by counting the birds you see at your backyard feeder from November through early April.

FeederWatchers periodically count the birds they see at their feeders and send their counts to Project FeederWatch.

FeederWatch data help scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance.

You can count birds as often as every week, or as infrequently as you like. The schedule is completely flexible. All you need is a bird feeder, bird bath or plantings that attract birds.

Find out more about participating here.

There is an $18 annual participation fee for U.S. residents.

Canadians can participate by joining Bird Studies Canada for CAN$35.

The participation fee covers materials, staff support, web design, data analysis and the year-end report (Winter Bird Highlights). Project FeederWatch is supported almost entirely by participation fees. Without the support of participants, this project wouldn’t be possible.

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1 Comment on “Count birds at your feeder during winter to help scientists

  1. It is alarming that common animal species, including birds such as the robin, are becoming less common by large percentages.

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