Lakeside Nature Center has begun another
season of winter bird-watching. On Wednesdays and
Thursdays throughout the winter to early April, we document
the bird visitors to the outdoor feeding stations and report our
findings to the Ornithological Laboratory at Cornell University.
Feeder watch for 2008/2009 has started.
These birdfeeders are seen from Lakeside's
library windows. The water feature in the feeding area is
also helpful to our wintering birds. Binoculars, charts
and pictures of birds are available, as well as a bird song
Week by week, we report the weather extremes
of the two-day bird count and the largest number of each species
seen at a given time. All of this information is sent to
Cornell University's Project FeederWatch. There it is
compiled with data sent in from people across the United States
and Canada for a statistical glimpse of winter bird populations
across the continent. This information has helped
researchers track migration patterns and population changes in
relation to weather.
You, too, can participate in Project
FeederWatch from your home. For more information, check
the website. Or you can contact
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Whether you participate in Project
FeederWatch or not, enjoy your winter bird-watching.
(Story by Susan
M. Bray, Lakeside Naturalist)