Thursday, February 17, 2011

Citizen Science

This winter we have seen some birds in our yard that we've never seen before - well never in our own yard before. How do we know this? We keep lists!

We've had a Red-bellied Woodpecker and a Carolina Wren visit the feeders. The wren we've heard before but never seen.

This weekend is the Great American Backyard Bird Count. This is a fun way to actually do some science and collect data that will be used by scientists to learn about the habits of our local birds.

My friend, and fellow science lover, MamaJoules has a nice post about the GBYBC here.

To get your official rules and checklists, go here.

We are going to participate - what about you? If you can't participate, you can post your observations below.

1 comment:

  1. We are participating, but I have to refill the feeder as the birds have cleaned me out over the past two days :)
    We too have had a red-bellied woodpecker this winter, although so far I have only seen him on really snowy days. I wish the photos I took a couple weeks ago would count in the photo contest! I have some great birds in snow photos! I'll have to set up and take some new ones.