New Site List Feature and Funding for Classrooms
American Robin by FeederWatcher Sujata Roy in Morrisville, North Carolina.

Project FeederWatch eNews

May 2, 2022

New Site List Feature

We are thrilled to announce Site Lists—a new feature that displays what species you have reported at your site and how that compares to reports from nearby FeederWatch sites. We often receive inquiries from participants wondering what others are seeing near them, and now you can access that information in our mobile app and in the Your Data section of our website.

The new feature displays the percentage of your counts, past and present, that include each species you have reported to FeederWatch. It also shows the percentage of nearby sites reporting each species. In addition, up to five species that you have never reported but that have been reported by other participants in a 50 km (about 31 mi) radius are displayed at the bottom of the list. And you can sort the list in a variety of ways. Learn more about this new feature on our blog.

If You Find Mistakes in Your Counts

As you view the new Site List feature you may discover mistakes you made entering counts. If you find a species on your Site List that you don’t think you meant to report, check the date displayed below the species name—the date the species was most recently reported. Then edit the count for that date. Find instructions for editing a count on our blog.

Site Description Form Now Available in Mobile App

On the home screen in the mobile app, there are three new icons displayed with each of your count sites (see image at right). Tapping the Count History icon takes you to a list of all your counts for that site. The Site List icon takes you to the new Site List tool described above. And the Complete Site Details icon takes you to the Site Description Form, which is now available on the app for the first time, allowing you to describe your count site within the mobile app, rather than having to go to the website. The site description icon will have a red dot if your site description form is incomplete for the current season. Once you complete the Site Description Form for the current season, the dot will go away, and the icon will say Confirm rather than Complete site description. You are welcome to revise the form anytime during the season if any of the conditions in your site change and if that change will impact the majority of your counts.

Complimentary FeederWatch for 50 U.S. Classrooms

Thanks to a generous gift from the family of a FeederWatch participant, 50 schools in the U.S. will be able to participate in Project FeederWatch again next season at no charge. Doris Waud, a longtime public school teacher, was actively involved in the creation of Classroom FeederWatch at the Cornell Lab. That project evolved into BirdSleuth and now K-12 Education. Doris lost her battle with cancer in 2016, and her family wanted to honor her with a gift that would allow schools to participate in the project Doris loved and helped bring into so many classrooms.

Applications are currently open for the 2022–23 FeederWatch season—teachers can fill out the application on our website by Friday, June 17, 2022, to be considered for one free season of FeederWatch. If you know a teacher that might be interested, please let them know about this opportunity.

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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.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a nonprofit organization supported by friends and members. Our mission is to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds.

Birds Canada is our country's leading national charitable organization dedicated to bird research and conservation. Our mission is to conserve wild birds of Canada through sound science, on-the-ground actions, innovative partnerships, public engagement, and science based advocacy.


Project FeederWatch Contact Information

For U.S. participants:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Project FeederWatch
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 254-2427

For Canadian participants:
Birds Canada/Oiseaux Canada
P.O. Box 160
Port Rowan, ON N0E 1M0
(519) 586-3531
Toll Free: 1-888-448-BIRD (2473)

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