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Fire Up Your Feeders

We know many NestWatchers provide supplemental food during the nesting season, but do you also feed birds during the winter? If so, please consider joining Project FeederWatch!

What is Project FeederWatch?
Project FeederWatch is a winterlong survey of birds that visit feeders. Participants periodically identify and count the birds at their feeders from November–April. With easy online data entry, you can immediately see all of your own counts and view colorful tables, graphs, and summaries.

Anyone interested in birds can participate; you don’t have to be an expert. All you need is a bird feeder, a comfortable chair, a window, and an interest in the birds in your neighborhood.

New participants will receive:

  • FeederWatch handbook & instructions
  • Full-color poster of common feeder birds
  • Bird-Watching Days calendar
  • Annual report, Winter Bird Highlights
  • Subscription to the Cornell Lab electronic newsletter

Why should you participate?
FeederWatch data help scientists track broad movements and long-term trends in abundance of winter feeder-bird populations. Explore the millions of FeederWatch sightings online. You can help contribute to a nearly 30-year dataset that helps us understand bird biology while learning about the feathered friends in your own backyard. Join online today! The FeederWatch season starts on November 14, but you can join at any time.