Friday, October 21, 2005

Project FeederWatch

The 2005-2006 season will begin in three weeks on Saturday, Nov. 12. Are you ready, with your research kit and its valuable information already on hand?

If you enjoy feeding birds during winter and want to participate in “citizen science” – working with professional scientists to monitor species populations – then click on over the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s PFW page, sign up for the project, pay the participation fee, obtain your FeederWatch I.D. number and wait for the research kit to arrive in the mail.

Then observe the birds, record their activity, and send your data with Cornell. With online data entry, it’s quick… and beneficial in the long run. The data allows scientists to determine and track which species and how many individuals of those species visit feeders. Then scientists can compare the data from each FeederWatch season to look at changes in the birds’ distribution and numbers.

Join the fun, and become a citizen scientist today!


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