The 25th Cornell Lab of Ornithology Project FeederWatch season, that’s what.
The FeederWatch Project ran from November 12 through today. It’s a citizen scientist project that is easy and only requires as much time as you have to give. Sign up and receive instructions on how to properly count the birds that appear at your feeders. Go online to enter your counts. Or, send paper reports if you prefer. That’s it! That is all there is to it.
I participated for the first time this winter. I didn’t sign up until rather late in the season and didn’t collect a lot of data. Nevertheless, I know that the data I did collect is very meaningful when combined with the many other data points received by the project.
The trends, information and knowledge shared by volunteers in projects like this one are immensely helpful to professional scientists who rely on it.
The Project FeederWatch 2012-2013 season begins on November 10. You can sign up now for next season! What are you waiting for? Go to the Cornell Lab’s Project FeederWatch page online to learn about it and volunteer. You’ll be glad you did. I promise you will. 🙂