Mass Audubon Invites Public to "Focus on Feeders"

Release Date:
January 14, 2013

LINCOLN, MA—People can help their feathered friends in the coldest season by joining Mass Audubon’s annual Focus on Feeders winter bird count on the weekend of February 2-3.

The volunteer survey invites participants to list individual bird species and the 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 seen then submit the simple report form to Mass Audubon. Participants’ names will be entered in a drawing to win one of several prizes.

Deadline for submissions is Thursday, February 28.

Anyone can participate—including families, first timers, and veteran bird enthusiasts. Participants will be able to learn and share information about the birds that visit their yards and feeders in winter. They will also be contributing knowledge to more than 40 years of winter bird feeder sighting information.

And since the data collected is more valuable the greater the participation, be sure to ask friends and neighbors to join the fun! Focus on Feeders is a great example of the type of enjoyable and educational events, programs, and other opportunities to connect with nature that Mass Audubon offers to its members and the public.

Information on how to participate and submit reports can be found at www.massaudubon.org/focus. Last year, nearly 100 species were reported in 292 communities statewide, thanks to more than 850 observers.

“Watching birds at feeders is a great way to connect with nature, while contributing useful information about the winter status of common birds in Massachusetts,” said Wayne Petersen, director of Mass Audubon’s Important Bird Areas program “We invite one and all to join with hundreds of other bird lovers in this enjoyable weekend survey.”

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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.