Spring reminders
Greater Roadrunner by FeederWatcher Annette Wolfe in Bullhead City, Arizona.

Project FeederWatch eNews

April 6, 2022

Spring Reminders

Take Down Feeders if There Are Bears in Your Area

If there are bears in your area, please remove feeders before bears emerge from hibernation. Putting any food outside can teach bears to associate homes with food, which is dangerous for bears and people. If you aren't sure whether there are bears in your area or when bears are emerging from hibernation in your area, contact your local or state department of natural resources or environmental protection.

If you have to remove feeders during the FeederWatch season, you can continue to count birds for FeederWatch by counting birds attracted to water features or plantings that you maintain within your count site. On the Site Description Form just be sure that you indicate the number and types of feeders that you had up for the majority of your counts and the months that you provided food for birds. You can edit the Site Description Form from the Your Data home page by using the Create, Edit, or Describe Your Count Sites button or by clicking the site description icon in the mobile app.

You May Have to Confirm More Counts in April

Since this is only the third season that FeederWatch has run through the end of April, many species that start arriving in April are uncommon in the FeederWatch database, and it will take some time for our filters to catch up. As more participants submit reports of spring species, requests to confirm those species will decline.

Help Monitor Nesting Birds

If you spot nesting birds, you can submit your observations to NestWatch at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology or Project NestWatch at Birds Canada, free citizen-science projects focused on breeding birds. Project participants report the location of a nest, the species using it, the number of eggs laid, and other important milestones as the adult birds incubate eggs and raise nestlings.

Participate in the U.S.
Participants are invited to report their nest observations on the NestWatch website or by using the NestWatch mobile app. It works in remote areas with patchy cellular service or no WiFi, so observations from even the most rural nests can be reported. Learn more about the NestWatch app and find out more about the project, sign up, and learn how to safely monitor nests on the NestWatch website.

Participate in Canada
Visit the Project NestWatch website to learn more about Project NestWatch, including how to participate and submit your nest observations.

Join Today!
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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