Bird citizen science projects

Robin©Janet Allen

One of my first citizen science projects was Project FeederWatch, and it remains one of my favorites. In fact, it may be one of the first citizen science projects ever.

When HGCNY toured the Cornell Lab of Ornthology's new building, we saw its multimedia presentation, which described the origins of involving citizens in collecting data about birds.

Here are the bird-related citizen science projects we've participated in:

We'll also be participating in Hummingbirds@Home now that we have a smart phone. It makes it easy to sit in the backyard, watch for hummingbirds, and enter our observations very efficiently.

We also tried to participate in The Birdhouse Network. I started this project for the 2001 season, but I admit I got pretty rattled trying to peek into bird houses, so I didn't continue this one. I should give it another try, though, especially since I think you can now track birds without looking into nest boxes.

And though I've grouped it in the Climate section, the North American Bird Phenology project also obviously involves birds.

Chickadee feeding young©Janet AllenA tasty morsel for its babies

Another special project is What Do Birds Eat?

This project is part of Tallamy's research, documenting what birds feed their young. So far, research has shown that native plants host the most species of lepidoptera that produce the kinds of caterpillars etc. birds need to feed their young.

By submitting photos of birds bringing food to their young, we'll know exactly what species birds eat the most.