Year-end reminders and BirdSpotter winners
American Goldfinch by Eileen Chorba, BirdSpotter Grand Prize winner

Project FeederWatch eNews

March 23, 2020

FeederWatch extending season

As Cornell Lab director John Fitzpatrick recently said in a message sent to Cornell Lab members and friends, birds "enliven our days, brighten the trees, serenade in our backyards and city parks, and bestow us with so much joy and hope." During this time when so many are confined to their homes, we have decided to extend the FeederWatch season through the end of April so that FeederWatchers can continue to watch the birds in their yards and submit counts through our website and app. This brief extension is purely voluntary and is for this year only. We are hoping that being able to report birds to FeederWatch for a few extra weeks will bring some cheer during the Covid-19 crisis.

Some changes in communication

When and how the FeederWatch team works is shifting in the wake of Covid-19, since the Cornell Lab and Birds Canada have closed their offices and all staff are working remotely. FeederWatch staff will periodically retrieve messages left on our voicemail systems, but we cannot return phone calls for at least several weeks. We will attempt to respond to any voicemail messages by email. Also during this time, there may be delays in our response time to email messages.

BirdSpotter winners

Photo Grand Prize winner

Congratulations to Eileen Chorba for winning the Grand Prize in the BirdSpotter photo contest with her photo of an American Goldfinch. Congratulations also to second place winner Mary Santangelo of Effingham, Illinois, for her photo of an Eastern Bluebird and to third place winner Pam Garcia of Mansfield, Louisiana, for her photo of Orchard Orioles. See all the winning photos on our website.

Classroom contest

Congratulations to Stephanie Morales and her students at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Clifton, New Jersey, for winning the second classroom contest this season. Read about the role FeederWatching plays in their 7th grade biology class. And congratulations to Tonya Luna and her students at North Street Elementary School in Geneva, New York, who were the final classroom contest winners of the season. Read about how Tonya integrated birds into her classroom.

Participant story contest

The third participant story prompt asked participants about how they turned their yards into avian havens. Read the tips contest winner Gerianne Carillo of Milford, New York, provided in her story about the wildlife sanctuary she created in her yard. The last story prompt this season asked participants to tell us their favorite way to FeederWatch. James Freeburg of Renton, Washington, who won this final story contest, shared his joy of FeederWatching with his 4-month old daughter. Read James' story on our blog.

Thank you Wild Birds Unlimited

A special thank you to Wild Birds Unlimited for sponsoring our BirdSpotter contest again this year and providing generous prizes to our contest winners.
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Project FeederWatch is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Birds Canada. Project FeederWatch is sponsored in the U.S. and Canada by Wild Birds Unlimited and in Canada by Armstrong Bird Food.

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Project FeederWatch Contact Information

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