“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 is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.