Beat the Winter Blues

February 2015

Take Action February 4, 2015

Watch Your Feeders For Science!

This month we’re offering tips to cure the winter blues. Just because it’s February, and the dead of winter in most places, doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty for the industrious citizen scientist to do!

One extremely important benefit of feeding is that it allows us to monitor bird populations in a systematic and scientific way, through programs such as Project FeederWatch [1]. There are many factors in our changing environment that effect bird populations: changes in climate, habitat, community composition — and we need to know how bird populations are changing in order to have any idea what we can do to help them in the long term. Datasets collected in a consistent way over a long period of time are essential for this, and Project FeederWatch takes advantage of the window into bird populations that feeding provides. Great examples of how FeederWatchers have helped scientists understand changing bird populations are showing the decline in Evening Grosbeaks [2] and changes in community composition in response to warming winters [3].

Not already a Project FeederWatch member?

Now’s the time! Sign up now and receive the remainder of this season (which runs until April) AND next season for the price of one. Go to the sign up page today!


1. Lepage D., Francis C.M. 2002 Do feeder counts reliably indicate bird population changes? 21 years of winter bird counts in Ontario, Canada. Condor 104(2), 255-270. (doi:10.1650/0010-5422(2002)104[0255:dfcrib]2.0.co;2).
2. Bonter D.N., Harvey M.G. 2008 Winter survey data reveal rangewide decline in Evening Grosbeak populations. Condor 110(2), 376-381. (doi:10.1525/cond.2008.8463).
3. Princ√© K., Zuckerberg B. 2014 Climate change in our backyards:the reshuffling of America’s winter bird communities. Global Change Biology.

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Take Action February 11, 2015

Watch Your Feeders For Science!

Take Action February 4, 2015

4 Comments

  1. Mary Ann Andrukiewicz says:

    Both my feeding stations are super busy with this cold cold weather and 17″ of new snow here north of Albany, NY. The birds really appreciate the warm water bird bath. I think drinking the warm water helps them to feel warmer. I’m most worried about my turkeys, as we have a flock of about 30 with some small ones, probably from a later summer hatch? They had trouble wading through the deep snow to get to the feeding area. Tough couple of weeks for our beautiful winter birds.

  2. G Kuhn says:

    Can you move some feed near the. turkeys?

  3. sbobet says:

    i Thanks to your information

  4. THANK YOU for information

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