(VH) Project FeederWatch
November 13, 2021 - April 30, 2022
Hey BPTMN Members!
Are you looking for some volunteer hours to meet your annual recertification requirement for 2021? Then you might be interested in Project FeederWatch. This opportunity allows you to earn VH in your own yard—no travel, no mask! You can literally earn VH while wearing your pajamas! There is a small fee to participate in the program ($18/$15), but it includes some interesting resource materials. This project runs from Saturday November 13, 2021, through April 30, 2022, so you could potentially earn all your VH for the remainder of 2021 and for 2022!
Project: Project FeederWatch
Description: FeederWatch is a November-April survey of birds that visit backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America operated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Birds Canada. Since 2016, Project FeederWatch has been sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited.
You DO NOT need a feeder! All you need is an area with plantings, habitat, water and/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.
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.
Project Dates: The project always starts on the second Saturday of November and runs for 21 weeks. The 2021–22 FeederWatch season runs from Saturday, November 13, to April 30, 2022.
Your Work Plan: BPTMN member observations are limited to Collin, Hunt 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:
HOW TO PARTICIPATE: https://feederwatch.org/about/how-to-participate/