Beginning Birdwatching & Project FeederWatch
Project FeederWatch is a cooperative research project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada (formerly the Long Point Bird Observatory) https://feederwatch.org/about/project-overview/
It’s a winter-long (November-April) citizen science survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. Participants periodically count the birds they see at their feeders and send their counts to Project FeederWatch. 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.
FeederWatch data help scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. FeederWatch results are regularly published in scientific journals and are shared with ornithologists and bird lovers nationwide.
Jacoby Creek School Garden has been participating in Project FeederWatch for several years. In 2019, Garden Coordinator, Sue Moore invited Redwood Region Audubon Society to help with bird identification at their feeders. A relationship blossomed!
The garden is an ideal place for birdwatching on the edge of a pasture next to willow thickets not far from a freshwater pond, Humboldt Bay and forested hills. Many species of birds pass by and visit the feeders and garden plants. It is especially suited for beginning birdwatchers. Please join us for Beginning Birdwatching & Project FeederWatch on Saturday, November 19 and every 3rd Saturday through April 15, 2023. The garden is just north of Jacoby Creek School, 1617 Old Arcata Road in Bayside. Drop-in anytime between 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It’s free and everyone is welcome to come watch and learn about birds in an informal, family-friendly setting. Bring binoculars or we will have a few pairs for folks to use. For more information, contact Denise Seeger firstname.lastname@example.org