Project Feeder Watch is a winter-long bird feeder watch program involving nature centers, individuals, backyards and other organizations. Join in the fun and help Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada track bird movements. Scientists relay on people of all skill levels to participate to help them track data of winter bird populations and long-term trends.
There is a fee involved ($18/nonmembers, $15/members) Kits are shipped between October and February. The current season is November 14, 2015 through April 8, 2016
Just count the birds that come to your feeder. You report only the highest number of each species you see in view at one time.
This is a fun winter projects for all families. It brings nature to your window, strengthens observation skills and even can assist in beginner level math (for the very young). Not only will everyone learn about different birds, you will start to recognize pattern and colors. What an opportunity to participate in a fun and easy science project.!
© Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks (Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities) for the towns of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Jay/Upper Jay, Wilmington, Keene/Keene Valley which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the second guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities.