Here's your chance to be a citizen-scientist.
The 26th season of Project Feeder Watch begins Nov. 10; more birdwatchers are needed to make it a success.
By watching birds at their feeders from November through April and submitting their observations to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, volunteers make it possible for scientists to keep track of changing bird populations across the continent.
This is particularly important with potential climate changes, warmer weather in particular. And it's fun.
"Warmer temperatures and lack of snow cover means birds can find more natural food so they may visit feeders less," said FeederWatch leader David Bonter, in a press release about the program.
"But even if participants are not seeing many birds, that's still valuable information we need to detect population changes on a broad scale.
"The one number we definitely want to see increase is the number of people taking part in FeederWatch. It's easy to do, and the information is incredibly valuable in helping us better understand what's going on in the environment and in the lives of the birds we enjoy so much."