I’m particularly enjoying the Citizen Science activities like FeederWatch and NestWatch. Since I already enjoy these activities, it’s not much effort to note and share important information about the habits, feeding and nesting activities of the birds in my area.
With Project FeederWatch counting down (last day to begin your last count is April 5), it’s time to prepare for nesting. It just takes a little bit of effort to become certified. If you have a yard that attracts nesting birds or there is an area nearby that you can watch nesting birds, take a moment to see if you qualify. There are a few guidelines and a short quiz to pass and you can be registered to be a nest monitor. I got my certificate!
With Cornell’s Citizen Science Program, you can help their scientists by participating and submitting information in many areas of birding. If you don’t want to watch intently, you can casually observe birds in your area and submit the information to eBird, a collaboration of Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon.
Take a minute and have a look around their site. The things I’ve mentioned here only scratches the surface of things you might like to help with. There’s much more like the Great Backyard Bird Count and Celebrate Urban Birds.
Tell me what birds you like to watch in your backyard. They’re probably different than what I see!
Quick links to what I’ve referenced in this writing: