Information Entry Contest: How do you share your love of birds with others?




April 11, 2023



A songbird with drab brown above and white below with a thin eyeline perches on a branch surrounded by yellow catkins.

|Warbling Vireo by Michael Stubblefield/Macaulay Library |

For the seventh season in a row, Undertaking FeederWatch and our sponsor Wild Birds Limitless are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with the possibility to win prizes. This yr, Celestron is becoming a member of the enjoyable and providing one pair of binoculars to every knowledge entry contest winner as effectively. After coming into fowl counts (knowledge) into the FeederWatch web site, contributors have the chance to share a narrative, reminiscence, or tip by clicking the “Enter to Win” button on the Depend Abstract web page. We randomly choose two winners per immediate. Our remaining Information Entry contest immediate this season was:

Do you impart any birding expertise realized from Undertaking FeederWatch to anybody? How do you share your love of birds with others?

Congratulations to our winners, Millie Simbeck and Joann Ringelstetter!

 Millie shared:

I like to share my information of birds with my granddaughters. They love seeing and listening to all of the totally different species at their residence and mine. They’ve even been drawing and coloring totally different birds and giving them to me as items.

Taking part in Undertaking FeederWatch, and even merely watching birds might help interact kids within the pleasure of nature research and the surprise of scientific investigation. The Cornell Lab’s Ok-12 Schooling workforce has created assets for academics and oldsters that construct science expertise whereas inspiring younger folks to connect with native habitats, discover biodiversity, and interact in citizen-science tasks. Try the Ok-12 Schooling web site for classes and actions for various grades, skilled growth coaching, dad or mum assets, and extra. You could find assets particularly associated to Undertaking FeederWatch comparable to the brand new FeederWatch Classroom Information, functions for PFW classroom funding, and associated activites and studying on our Educator Sources web page.

Joann shared:

Every time anybody visits my wooded property, or if I am going on a nature hike with anybody, I all the time cease and ask them to take heed to the birds which can be singing. I determine the species they level out and inform them a bit about that fowl. My absolute favourite factor is sharing birds with kids – they’re so desperate to be taught. What I really like sharing essentially the most with them is mnemonic [devices], particularly for the Warbling Vireo: “If I sees you, I’ll seize you, and I’ll squeeze you ’until you squirt!”

A mnemonic system is a reminiscence method used to extra simply bear in mind tough materials. On this case, Joann is referring to phrases that individuals use to assist them bear in mind fowl songs and calls. For instance, much like the Warbling Vireo tune she references above, you may hear a Carolina Wren singing, “Tea kettle, tea kettle, tea kettle,” or a White-throated Sparrow singing, “Oh candy Canada, Canada, Canada.” In the event you want to observe studying your fowl songs, chances are you’ll discover Cornell’s Merlin Hen ID app very useful. Merlin Hen ID is a free app that acts as a pocket subject information. You possibly can discover an inventory of birds that dwell close to you, be taught their songs, view their vary maps, and extra. The app additionally has a Sound ID function that listens to the birds round you and exhibits real-time options for who’s singing. Be taught extra or learn how to obtain the Merlin Hen ID app right here

Due to everybody who participated and shared their tales over the 2022-2023 season – we want we might share your whole submissions! Electronic mail feederwatch@cornell.edu with questions, and browse the tales from previous winners on our weblog.

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