February 24, 2015
Flowers and birds tend to go together and that was certainly the case at the 2015 Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle, Washington. More than 60,000 people were attracted to a bird-themed display featuring a 2-story tall bird feeder and a birdhouse the size of a garden shed. Many FeederWatchers stopped by to share stories and chat about birds with David Bonter, former FeederWatch project leader, and Mary Guthrie from the Cornell Lab. The display featured information about chickadee communication and iPads where visitors could explore the FeederWatch “Common Feeder Bird Interactive” tool, the NestWatch “Right Birds, Right House” tool for selecting bird houses, and the Lab’s identification app for smartphones, Merlin. We also gave away thousands of Common Feeder Birds posters to show attendees.
We were delighted to chat with FeederWatcher Lin Folsom of Anacortes, Washington, who stopped by to pose for a picture. Lin enjoys feeding gobs of Pine Siskins at her home near the coast between Seattle and Vancouver. In recent years, Lin has seen more and more Anna’s Hummingbirds successfully overwintering well to the north of their traditional wintering areas.
The flower & FeederWatch connection continues next week (February 28-March 8, 2015) as FeederWatch Project Leader Emma Greig will be greeting visitors to a similar display at the Philadelphia Flower Show. If you are in the Philadelphia area, stop by the Subaru / Cornell Lab of Ornithology display to chat with Emma from March 2-4. Other Cornell Lab of Ornithology staff will be at the booth including Robyn Bailey (NestWatch Project Leader, March 5-7), Rhiannon Crain (YardMap Project Leader, February 28-March 1), and Mary Guthrie (Director of Marketing, entire show).
Special thanks to our friends at Subaru who invited the Lab to talk about birds within their beautiful, bird-themed display and funded the give-a-ways and our trips to both shows.