Easy Ways to Get Involved:
Project FeederWatch by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, turns your love of feeding birds into scientific discoveries. FeederWatch is a November-April survey of birds that visit backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. You don’t even need a feeder! All you need is an area with plantings, habitat, water, or food that attracts birds. The schedule is completely flexible. Count your birds for as long as you like on days of your choosing, then enter your counts online. Your counts allow you to track what is happening to birds around your home and to contribute to a continental data-set of bird distribution and abundance. The cost is $18 per year to participate and includes materials like a poster and calendar sent to you.
Great Backyard Bird Count Every year during President's Day weekend in February. Spend time in your favorite places watching birds–then enter your species and counts! In as little as 15 minutes notice the birds around you. Identify them, count them, and submit them to help scientists better understand and protect birds around the world.
eBird by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This is an excellent resource for exploring birding "hot spots", looking for sightings of particular species and tracking your sightings. Different aspects can be used both on the app on your phone while you are out birding as well as on your computer to explore even more of the options. All of the records go into a world wide database of sightings and contribute to science and education.
Christmas Bird Count
The first Christmas Bird Count was held on Christmas Day in 1900, with 27 participants in 25 locations, as an alternative to the Side Hunt that was traditional at that time. This new idea was to count, rather than shoot, the birds seen. It has truly caught on, and expanded a bit, as last year’s CBC included over 50,000 participants in almost 2,000 locations!
This is the longest ongoing community science project in the world — as we count every bird heard or seen in our count circle. It's a fine tradition that is enjoyable as well as useful by providing data for various scientific projects and studies. Learn more!
You can sign up directly with one of our 8 area coordinators or if you are unsure of where you want to count, contact the CBC Coordinator, Faye McAdams Hands:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 253-278-3712.