Join FeederWatch now and receive next year free!

Dear Friend of the Cornell Lab,

Thank you for your support of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. We want to remind you about an opportunity to join one of the most popular citizen-science programs at the Lab and receive a gift to show our appreciation, and receive the 2016-2017 FeederWatch season for free.

Northern Cardinals by Phillip Hardy

Join Project FeederWatch by February 29 and receive the “Be a Better Birder 1: Size and Shape” online course (a $29 value) as our way of saying thank you!

We know that Project FeederWatch participants contribute their time to help us learn about bird populations, so we want to help you learn about the birds in your own backyard by giving you this online course free of charge.  Sign up online for Project FeederWatch for $18 ($15 for Lab members) and enjoy this $29 course on us! This online course draws directly on the knowledge and expertise of scientists and educators at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help you learn bird identification through expert tips and interactive quizzes. The course is self-paced and without time limits, so you can learn at your own speed and return regularly to brush up on your skills.Learn more here.

Because the FeederWatch season is well underway, we will also sign you up for next season (November 2016-April 2017) at no extra charge so that you can continue participating next year.

What is Project FeederWatch?

Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders. Participants periodically identify and count the birds at their feeders from November-April. Using our easy online data entry, you can immediately see all of your own counts. With a few clicks, you can create colorful and easy-to-understand tables, graphs, and summaries of the birds in your backyard and across the continent.

Anyone interested in birds can participate; you don’t have to be an expert. All you need is a bird feeder, a window, and an interest in the birds in your neighborhood. Be the biologist of your own backyard!

What do I get when I register?

Participants will receive:

  • FeederWatch Handbook & Instructions
  • Full-color poster of common feeder birds
  • Bird-Watching Days Calendar
  • Tally Sheet
  • Subscription to Winter Bird Highlights

Why should I participate?

FeederWatch data help scientists track broad movements and long-term trends in the abundance of winter feeder-bird populations. Explore the millions of FeederWatch sightings on our website. Please consider sending your observations to this nearly 30-year dataset that helps us understand bird biology, while learning about the feathered friends in your own backyard. Join today.

We look forward to hearing about the birds at your feeders!


Emma Greig
Leader, Project FeederWatch

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