Local birding enthusiasts can take an active roll in bird watching this winter by participating in Project FeederWatch, an event organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
According to the Juneau Audubon Society’s website, this year’s Project FeederWatch officially begins Saturday, Nov. 9, but sign-ups are available now online at http://birds.cornell.edu/pfw or by calling 1-800-843-2473.
FeederWatch lasts from November to April each year and organizers ask bird watchers from across North America to tally the number and type of birds they see at backyard feeders. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website, the project is supported by an annual participation fee of $15 ($12 for Cornell Lab of Ornithology members), which covers materials, staff support, web design, data analysis, and a year-end report. The organization stated counts will help scientists monitor changes in feeder-bird populations over the winter from year to year. New participants receive a kit with a handbook, a bird-identification poster, a calendar, and an instruction booklet.
The organization also stated that Project FeederWatch is supported almost entirely by participation fees — “without the support of our participants, this project wouldn’t be possible.”
For more information, interested parties may also check out http://www.juneau-audubon-society.org.