Feeder update, make it count

Gray Kingbird
Photo by Lanny Mcdowell

By Laura Wainwright - February 8, 2007

Last week I wrote about Project Feeder Watch, a weekly project to keep track of bird species at your feeder. If this seems too daunting for you but you are slightly tempted, think about participating in a four-day bird watching event called the Great Backyard Bird Count.

The count will take place during Friday, Feb. 16 through Monday, Feb. 19 and is sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. People of all ages and levels of birding experience are encouraged to join in and be part of the count. Simply count the highest number of each species you see at one outing or sitting, and enter that number on the bird count web site.

"By submitting their counts online, bird watchers can quickly see how the dots they put on the map form patterns that tell new stories about the birds that share the world in which we live," said Paul Green, director of Citizen Science for the Audubon society.

For more information on the Great Backyard Bird Count, log on to www.birdsource.org/gbbc.