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VH – Project FeederWatch

November 1, 2022 - April 30, 2023

Hey BPTMN Members!

It’s time for Project FeederWatch 2022-2023!  The project officially starts today, November 1 2022 and continues through April 30, 2023.

If you participated last year, renew to take part in this opportunity to count birds again!

If you are looking for some volunteer hours to meet your annual recertification requirement for 2022, this might be a great way to do that!  Join today!


Project:  Project FeederWatch

Project Dates:  November 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023

Description:  Project FeederWatch 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 contribute to a continental data-set of bird distribution and abundance.

Project Materials:
When you join FeederWatch you will receive: 

  • Tools to track your birds on our website or mobile app
  • Our year-end summary, Winter Bird Highlights
  • Digital access to Living Birdmagazine
  • Poster of eastern and western common feeder birds
  • Bird-Watching Days calendar

Project Cost:  The annual participation fee is just $18 for U.S. residents ($15 for Cornell Lab members). These contributions cover materials, staff support, web design, data analysis, and the year-end report.

Why is There a Fee to Participate?

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Birds Canada are non-profit organizations supported primarily by participant and membership fees. Project FeederWatch would not be possible without the support of our participants—scientifically and financially. FeederWatch’s participant fees pay for website and database maintenance, data analysis, participant support, printing and shipping project materials, and dissemination of information learned from FeederWatch data. The fees also help cover the cost of publishing a year-end report, Winter Bird Highlights. While FeederWatch staff constantly seek other sources of funding, the reality is that without participant fees, the project would have to shut down.

How to Participate:  https://feederwatch.org/about/project-overview/ 

Your Work Plan:  BPTMN member observations are limited to Collin and contiguous counties.  You decide when and for how long you count birds.  You enter your counts online!

Logging VH:  VH should be logged as Cornell: Project FeederWatch with hours broken down in the description box for time making observations and logging observation data on the Project FeederWatch website.

Links for more information:

NOTE:  There is A LOT of information on this website!  Take advantage of it to get the most out of this project.  https://feederwatch.org/about/

Linda Nixon
BPTMN Communications Director


November 1, 2022
April 30
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