Citizen Scientists Wanted for Mass Audubon Winter Bird Count
Focus on Feeders
Mass Audubon Winter Bird Count
February 2nd & 3rd, 2013
Does your family enjoy watching birds at your feeder during the winter? Backyard feeders provide a consistent, easily accessible source of food for a wide variety of bird species during the winter, and feeder-watching is a great way for families to learn about the many different species who live in their neighborhood.
This weekend, Mass Audubon is offering a chance for families to put feeder-watching to good use! Focus on Feeders – the great winter bird count – will take place on Saturday, February 2nd and Sunday, February 3rd, and is an annual event held to collect data on bird species and populations. All that families need to do to participate is to keep a list of the types of birds seen at the feeder during the weekend, as well as the number of each type of bird seen at a time. Then, families can submit their data for use in an actual scientific study by either entering it in online or completing a form and mailing it. The data collected will be used to assess bird populations and habits across the state – information that can be analyzed in order to understand the effects of changes in climate and landscape.
In order to identify birds, families will need to use a good field guide. Using a field guide to identify species allows kids to develop and practice reference skills while discovering bird characteristics of different species needed to properly identify them. Learning about the species living in their backyard will help students nurture a sense of place while drawing closer to the natural world around them!
Deadline for submissions is Thursday, February 28, 2013. More information at www.massaudubon.org/focus.
[Photo credit: (ccl) senoracak]