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Backyard Project: Winter Bird Feeder Watch

  • 10/10/2020
  • 04/08/2021


  • Join Cornell University Winter Bird Feeder watch! There is an $18.00 fee required through university registration process.


          North America's Winter Project FeederWatch

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                         PROJECT FEEDER WATCH    

              REGISTER ON-LINE & BE AN EARLY BIRD!!                                        AIM FOR OCTOBER 16th                                                                                        

  ~Start learning  now about the program and sign up early so you do not miss out! Join others across North America and help count the winter birds! Learn from your own backyard just why birds call Boise their winter home. Guidelines on feeders and types of feed are available on Cornell Lab website!

Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. FeederWatchers periodically count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April and send their counts to Project FeederWatch. FeederWatch data help scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance.

Anyone interested in birds can participate! FeederWatch is conducted by people of all skill levels and backgrounds, including children, families, individuals, classrooms, retired persons, youth groups, nature centers, and bird clubs. You can count birds as often as every week, or as infrequently as you like: the schedule is completely flexible. All you need is a bird feeder, bird bath, or plantings that attract birds.

New participants are sent a Research Kit with complete instructions for participating, as well as a bird identification poster and more. You provide the feeder(s) and seed. Then each fall participants receive the year-end report, Winter Bird Highlights. Participants also receive access to the digital version of Living Bird, the Cornell Lab’s award-winning, quarterly magazine.


There is a $18 annual participation fee for U.S. residents ($15 for Cornell Lab members). The participation fee covers materials, staff support, web design, data analysis, and the year-end report (Winter Bird Highlights). Project FeederWatch is supported almost entirely by participation fees. Without the support of our participants, this project wouldn’t be possible. ~

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The project always starts on the second Saturday of November and runs for 21 weeks. The 2020–2021 Feeder Watch season runs from Saturday, November 14 to Friday, April 9. New participants will be able to log into online data entry and set up their count site on November 1. The last day to start a two-day count is Thursday, April 8 


Click to website for birding activities:

Boise Birds Field Guide:

  Harris Ranch Wildlife Mitigation Association

   PO Box 1949
   Boise, ID 83701
   (208) 515-7413

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