A Child & Nature Reunion

Citizen Science project FeederWatch turns a child's love of feeding birds into scientific discoveries. FeederWatch is a winter-long (November-April) survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America.

Anyone interested in birds can participate: children, families, individuals, classrooms, retired persons, youth groups, nature centers, and bird clubs. Feederwatch participants count the birds they see at their feeders and send their counts to Project FeederWatch. Your child can count birds as often as they wish. The schedule is completely flexible. All they need is a bird feeder, birdbath, or plantings that attract birds.

FeederWatch data help scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. FeederWatch results are regularly published in scientific journals and are shared with ornithologists and bird lovers nationwide. The counts your child submits will make sure that his or her birds (or lack of birds) are represented in papers and in the results found in the Explore Data section of the FeederWatch website.

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