With the ranks of bird watchers swelled to historic levels by people searching for new hobbies in a world constrained by coronavirus pandemic restrictions, the 2020-21 season of Project FeederWatch could provide researchers with Cornell Ornithology Lab.
FeederWatch, which kicks off Saturday, November 14, collects online observations from bird watchers in the United States and Canada, uses this data in avian research, and provides birders with tools to learn more about the birds in their field. neighborhoods.
FeederWatch reports expand the long-term database used to detect changes in the number and distribution of birds in the United States and Canada.
“Usually, participants watch the birds at the feeders,” said Emma Greig, Head of FeederWatch. “But that’s okay if you don’t have one. Just pick a defined area where you can easily watch the birds.
“Maybe there is a pond, or maybe you have deliberately planted shrubs to attract birds. Anything you have done to create a space for the birds is appropriate for FeederWatching. Feeders or natural spaces in schools and nature centers also work. “
FeederWatch participants make periodic 2-day counts from mid-November to early April. They spend as much or as little time as they want collecting data. Even counting birds once or twice throughout the winter is of value to the database.
“It will be interesting to see if the birding boom that started last spring continues through the remainder of 2020 and into the spring of 2021,” said Greig. “A lot of people tell us that birdwatching brightens their day and makes them feel more peaceful and relaxed.”
The FeederWatch project is a joint research and education project of Cornell Lab and Birds Canada.
To join tens of thousands of other FeederWatch participants, register online at FeederWatch.org.
The participation fee is $ 18 in the United States ($ 15 for Cornell Lab members).
The Cornell Lab Visitor Center presents Winter Bird Feeding 101 with Project FeederWatch at noon on Thursday, November 19. In the free webinar, Feederwatch’s Emma Greig and Holly Grant will prepare attendees to feed the birds this winter and contribute to science. They will answer questions from the public about the feeders, foods and birds that frequent our yards. Register via the Project FeederWatch website.
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