Project FeederWatch

FeederWatch count site outside the library of the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center.

We know it becomes a little more difficult to get outside and enjoy nature when the temperature starts to drop around this time of year. So this winter you can enjoy nature in the warmth of the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center! Right outside our library windows we have set up a Project FeederWatch count site where we will periodically count the birds we see from November through early April. We will then send our counts to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for Project FeederWatch.

Black-capped Chickadee


The data collected helps scientists track broad scale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance (Project FeederWatch). Citizen science is a great way for people to learn about nature, conservation, science, and in this case birds, by participating in real scientific studies. Anyone who has an interest in birds can participate, as this study is conducted by people of all skill levels and backgrounds, from children in a classroom to individuals and retirees at home. PPL senior naturalist Jon Beam has been a FeederWatch counter at Montour Preserve for about 12 years. You can learn more about setting up your own FeederWatch count site here.


White-breasted Nuthatch on a nearby tree waiting for me to finish filling the feeders!

It was rather easy to attract a nice variety of birds to our new feeders right from the start. The feeders are in a great wooded location, but I’m sure if you give them seed, they will come! I didn’t even get a chance to finish filling them all up before I had a black-capped chickadee at one feeder and a white-breasted nuthatch surveying the area from a nearby tree. It didn’t take long for it to call in its friends either, because within ten minutes there were three nuthatches swooping in and out from the trees. In the first 3 days I have also recorded 6 dark-eyed juncos, 3 blue birds, 5 tufted titmice, a female cardinal, and a red-bellied woodpecker. I’m looking forward to a great count season!

For directions to the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, click here.

-Sarah Hall, PPL Wallenpaupack

Tufted Titmouse.

1 Comment

  1. allmountaingirl said,

    November 5, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    I love having feeders in the winter for our feathered friends. So fun to watch them. Do you sell the bird feeders at the preserve?

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