Take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count and Participant Story Contest winners
Red-breasted Nuthatch by FeederWatcher Gary Mueller, Rolla, Missouri

Project FeederWatch eNews

February 9, 2022


Participate in the 25th Great Backyard Bird Count

Join bird enthusiasts worldwide next Friday through Monday, February 18 through 21, for the 25th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).

Similar to Project FeederWatch, the GBBC helps scientists learn about the distribution and abundance of birds. But the GBBC works a little differently. For the GBBC, you report the number of individuals of each species you see during a single counting session (not a two-day tally like you do for FeederWatch), and you submit your counts using eBird Mobile or You can also share the bird species you see using the Merlin Bird ID app. Visit GBBC's how to participate page to learn more. You can count in more than one location—just submit a separate checklist for each location each time you count. You can report the same birds to GBBC that you are reporting to Project FeederWatch as well as any other birds you see, even those birds flying overhead that don't count for FeederWatch.

For a quarter of a century the annual Great Backyard Bird Count has been a bright spot for nature lovers. Join thousands of participants around the world, and watch observation lists become glowing lights on the GBBC's bird sightings map. Learn more about the Great Backyard Bird Count at

The GBBC is an inter-organizational effort between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society, and Birds Canada and is made possible in part by founding sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited.

Share your FeederWatch Story and Win

For six years FeederWatch and our sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited have been rewarding registered FeederWatchers with the chance to win prizes. This year FeederWatch Participant Story Contest winners receive a $200 Wild Birds Unlimited gift card! After entering bird counts, participants have the opportunity to share a story, memory, or tip. This year we are randomly selecting two winners per prompt. Read the winning stories on the FeederWatch blog submitted by the four winners selected so far this season: Judith Harvey, Geri Cooper, Shirley Werner, and Lana Soosar.

We will continue to pick two winners each month through April. Find the contest page by clicking the “Enter to Win” button on the Count Summary page after you submit a count through our website. If you are using the FeederWatch mobile app, go to the Your Data section of our website and click the View/Edit Your Previous Counts button. Then click the Actions button and the View link under any count to see the Count Summary page for that count and find the button to access the contest.
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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