January 20, 2017
To help celebrate Project FeederWatch’s 30th anniversary, the Cornell Lab and our sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with BirdSpotter prizes. After entering bird counts (a.k.a. data) into the FeederWatch website, participants have the opportunity to share a story, memory, or tip. We received 330 submissions to the third round of the Data Entry contest! The final round of the contest is currently underway and is open until February 15; winners are randomly selected. Our latest Data Entry contest prompt asked:
What makes your count site special? Do you have a bird feeding station that draws in a crowd? Native plants that make your birds sing? Share what makes your count site a bird-friendly haven.
Congratulations to Kathleen Jenkins of Cincinnati, Ohio! Kathleen has been a FeederWatch participant for five years and her suburban count site is brimming with activity!
Our count site is special because we’re lucky to have a creek behind our house along with a nice wooded area. We’ve gone out of our way to create an oasis for birds, with sixteen feeders, three birdbaths (including one heated one) and a rich variety of foods. We have planted many native plants, garden organically, and save garden cleanup until spring so the plants provide food and shelter for the birds. We also have a great deck where we put fresh fruit, peanut butter, whole peanuts, and fruit and nut mix every day on our deck rail. It’s a National Wildlife Federation certified habitat, and we’re so happy to host so many beautiful species of birds. Red-tailed and Red-shouldered hawks, a Cooper’s Hawk, and of late, a Great Horned Owl all visit our property. Paradise.
Sounds lovely. Interested in making your yard more bird-friendly? Our sister project, Habitat Network, has a list of tips to get your started. Share what makes your feeder arrangement special in the comment field. Not a FeederWatcher? Join the fun and you could win great prizes!