Madison Griffin Madison is one of Project FeederWatch’s many young participants. During the 2004-2005 FeederWatch season, when Madison was 9, her mother wrote to tell us about how Madison was in charge of FeederWatch in their home. According to her mother, “Madison routinely drilled the rest of the family on bird identification.” She was always excited for the Count Days when she watched the feeders with her binoculars in hand. Habitat Madison lives on a partially wooded lot in a suburban area of Canton, Georgia. The yard has been certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat because the family grows bird-friendly plants. Madison reports that goldfinches especially love eating seeds from some of their plants. Madison also said, “We have vines outside our kitchen window and I love to watch the birds, especially the chickadees swing on the vines.” Last winter Madison and her mother gathered some things they had grown–dried corn, sunflowers, and peanuts–into a bird feed mix. Madison gave the mix out at Christmas so that other people could feed the birds. Feeder Visitors During the FeederWatch season Madison and her family watch their feeders in the morning and late afternoon when the birds are most active. The birds that visit their feeders include chickadees, Brown-headed Nuthatches, cardinals, and House Finches. Madison enjoys the cardinals best because, “their bright red color is so pretty in winter.” Once an Indigo Bunting visited, which caused some excitement as the family consulted a field guide to verify their identification. Last year there was some development behind her house that involved cutting down some trees. During that time they didn’t see their Brown-headed Nuthatches and were very upset that their nests were likely destroyed. But about three weeks later the nuthatches came back, much to the family’s relief. Helping local birds Madison completed her Girl Scout Bronze Award project last year by working on a bluebird habitat at her church’s cemetery. Madison and her father built birdhouses and researched the best place to install them.