“Focus on Feeders” with Mass Audubon and Help Chart the Winter Status of Bird Species in our own Backyards

Release Date:
January 31, 2012

LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon is again inviting the public to help bird species in the coldest season by joining its “Focus on Feeders” annual winter bird count the weekend of February 4-5.

The volunteer survey invites participants to list the bird species and greatest number of each seen at one time at their feeders and in their yards during that Saturday and Sunday. Record one count for each species of bird seen – then submit the simple report form to Mass Audubon and your name will be entered in a random drawing to win one of several prizes.

And keep your camera handy! Prizes will be awarded in several categories for images submitted for the event’s photo contest. Deadline for submissions of both the bird reports and photographs is Wednesday, February 29.

While Focus on Feeders is a great event for families, first timers, and veteran bird enthusiasts alike, these observations and lists also contribute to a growing knowledge of birdlife and potential changes in species and abundance.

Last year, 50 species were reported, thanks to nearly 1,300 participants representing 315 communities out of 351 in the Commonwealth. And since the data collected is more valuable the greater the participation, be sure to ask friends and neighbors to join the fun!

“Participating in Focus on Feeders is a fine way to capture a snapshot of winter bird populations, along with contributing some basic information about the relative seasonal abundance of common birds visiting backyard bird feeders throughout the Commonwealth,” said Wayne Petersen, director or Mass Audubon’s Important Bird Areas program.

“Watching birds at bird feeders can range from purely therapeutic to contributing useful information about the winter status of common birds in Massachusetts,” Petersen noted.  “We invite one and all join with hundreds of other bird lovers across Massachusetts in this enjoyable weekend survey.”

Learn more about how to participate and submit your reports.


Mass Audubon protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.

Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at www.massaudubon.org.