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Winter Birding- Seasonal Citizen Science for Everyone!
By Eva Lewandowski, Dec 08, 2016
Citizen scientists have been studying birds for over 100 years, and some of the most popular projects involve observing birds throughout the winter. Below, we highlight five projects that study birds during the winter. Whether you want to watch birds while outdoors or from the comfort of your home, we have a project for you! Find more with the SciStarter Project Finder.
The SciStarter Team
Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey
In the United States, volunteers are needed in the first half of January to look for eagles along standard survey routes. It’s always a treat to count these majestic birds!
This is a great project for classrooms in November through January. Using online photos and data from Antarctica, students can study Adelie Penguin behavior. The project offers many online resources for educators.
If you enjoy watching birds from your window, this is the perfect project for you! In North America, citizen scientists can observe and report on the birds visiting their feeders during the winter months.
Help SciStarter help you! Take this 10 minute survey on what information you find most important about projects. Check out SciStarter’s Project Finder! With 1100+ projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there’s something for everyone!
Eva Lewandowski is the Citizen-based Monitoring Coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where she coordinates a statewide citizen science network. She has a PhD in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota and is an active volunteer.