As the seasons change, we hope you'll join in with some of the winter birding
activities that Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology will be hosting over the next few months throughout
the U.S. and Canada.
Project Feeder Watch
Project FeederWatch needs your help to keep track of the birds at your feeders this winter. Count birds as often as two days each week from November to April. Your counts will help scientists monitor changes in feeder bird populations over the entire winter. New participants receive a kit with a handbook, a bird-identification poster, calendar, and instruction booklet. For more information or to sign up in the U.S., please visit http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/ or call (800) 843-2473; if in Canada, please visit http://www.bsc-eoc.org/national/pfw.html or call (888) 448-2473.
Christmas Bird Count
People have been having fun doing their Christmas Bird Count (CBC) every year since December 1900. It's a great way to expand your birding horizons beyond your backyard. Every CBC is run on one calendar day between December 14th and January 5th each year. As a field observer you will bird with a group of observers and the birds you count will be included with those of others out counting birds in the 15-mile diameter circle during census day. If you live within a CBC circle, you can count birds at your feeder. For more information about fees and to find out more about the CBC please visit: http://www.audubon.org/bird/cbc/ or contact the Audubon Society of Central Maryland directly by email.
Great Backyard Bird Count
Mark your calendars for the 14th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, February 17-20, 2012. The GBBC collaborative effort grows with each succeeding year, and we expect the 2012 count to continue the trend. We can use your help in spreading the word about this event. It's fun and it helps all of us learn more about birds. For more information, visit www.birdsource.org/gbbc.
GBBC activities are suitable for all ages and birding skill levels. If you haven't participated in the past, resolve to give it a try in 2012! You'll come away with new knowledge and confidence on bird identification methods, plus an understanding of how to get your own information into the overall database through the GBBC web site (and see what birds other contributors in the area have spotted).
Thank you for your participation! These and other volunteer citizen science programs provide valuable information to help the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon prioritize their bird conservation activities.