snow covered bird feeder

Develop a Bird Feeder Watch List

For many years your Mom has fed the wild birds. She does this year round. This year, she plans to do something special. Your family will be a citizen scientists.

Your family will be participating in Project FeederWatch.

sharpshinned hawk at bird feeder

"What is Project FeederWatch?

Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. FeederWatchers periodically count the highest numbers of each species they see at their feeders from November through early April. FeederWatch helps scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance." Project FeederWatch

You are going to observe the bird feeder each day and count the birds that come to the feeder for 20 minutes.

Your job is to develop a list of 20 bird species that may come to your feeder during the winter.
This will make it easier to collect the data for the project.

Make an appropriate bird species list.


Examine the project's guidelines. Identify what tools you would need to collect the data.

How would the feeder's placement impact the tools an observer would need?


Consider the data from the most recent annual Christmas Bird Count conducted by the Audubon Society. Add to the list a rare bird or two that has been sighted in your area in the past.

What factors would increase the likely hood that these birds would come to the feeder?


No Feeder? No Problem - Watch a feeder using this Bird FeederCam.


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Posted September 2008 by Cynthia O'Hora

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