Mass Audubon Invites Public to "Focus on Feeders"
Annual Midwinter Backyard Bird Survey a Fun Way to Support Species
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—Help keep bird populations strong and healthy throughout the coldest season and all year long by participating in Mass Audubon’s annual Focus on Feeders statewide winter bird count Saturday and Sunday, February 1-2.
The volunteer survey invites participants to list individual species and the greatest number of each seen at one time at feeders and in yards during that weekend. 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 submission of results is Friday, February 28. Information on how to participate and submit reports can be found at www.massaudubon.org/focus.
Focus on Feeders is perfect for everyone who appreciates birdlife—first timers, veteran birders, and especially families. Participants not only learn and share information about species that visit their yards and feeders at this time of year, they contribute knowledge to more than 40 years of winter bird-feeder sighting records.
And since the data collected is more valuable the more people involved, participants should be sure to ask friends and neighbors to join the fun! In the 2013 count, a total of 108 species were reported by hundreds of observers, from Cape Cod to the Berkshires, the Merrimack River Valley to Martha’s Vineyard.
Focus on Feeders is a great example of the enjoyable and educational events, programs, and other opportunities to connect with nature Mass Audubon offers to its members and the public.
“This is the perfect citizen science project,” said Joan Walsh, Mass Audubon Director of Bird Monitoring. “People are already feeding and watching birds, and our annual counts from the project give us a window into changes in the wintering populations. Focus on Feeders helps us understand the changes in populations during this stressful time of year for birds.”
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.