Backyard Chirper

PREPARE FOR SPRING SALE ends 2/29/24! $10 off your next purchase of $100 or more. Code: PREPSPRING10

Bird Feeder Project is great family learning experience

If you’re someone who owns a bird feeder, you’re undoubtedly a person who’s compassionate and cares a lot about birds. That’s why you might be interested in something called the Bird Feeder Project, a joint operation by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada.

You’re probably wondering what this scientific research has to do with you. Well, the project depends on the participation of regular citizens and bird lovers like you and me. The Bird Feeder Project is a fantastic way to learn more about birds with your family while contributing to the study of bird science. Here’s how it works.

Starting in November, you pay a one-time fee of $15 (which funds the project and gets you a calendar, wall ID poster, a subscription to BirdScope and more), then count birds at your feeder (if you don’t have one yet, buy a new bird feeder). The great thing is that you don’t have to do it every hour of every day. Whenever you want to participate, you keep a tally sheet and field guide handy, count the number of individuals you see at one time and report it after a two-day count. The project goes until spring.

According to the site, “FeederWatch is conducted by people of all skill levels and backgrounds, including children, families, individuals, classrooms, retired persons, youth groups, nature centers, and bird clubs.” This is definitely a great learning experience for children and adults.

If all that isn’t enough to get you interested, the data used from the project finds long-term trends, expansion and contraction of winter ranges and other things. You will also get the results once the project is completed.

So, if you happen to have some spare time and want an educational activity to do with your family or grandkids, think about participating in the Bird Feeder Project this winter.

Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.

1 Comment

  1. A great form of entertainment that does not cost a lot of money. Kids can also get involved with this.

Comments are closed.