The state-owned Kellogg Environmental Center is recruiting volunteers to participate in Project FeederWatch and to maintain bird feeding stations at the facility in Derby.
Volunteers will be trained in Project FeederWatch protocols on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 9-10:30 a.m. at the center, 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby. Handouts and refreshments will be available.
The center is located adjacent to Osbornedale State Park, just off Route 34 and near the Housatonic River. It is close to downtown Shelton.
Help monitor winter bird species
Project FeederWatch is a nationwide research effort that monitors the distribution and populations of winter bird species such as house finches, goldfinches, downy woodpeckers and black-capped chickadees across the country.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology developed the project, now in its 27th year. Volunteers at Kellogg will monitor and count the number of birds using bird feeders during pre-selected days from November to March. The data is recorded and entered online for compilation, analysis and publication by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Students, retirees, birders may be interested
This citizen science project is well suited for individuals such as students, teachers, retirees, backyard birders and those who have an interest in birds or enjoy watching wildlife.
All ages are welcome to volunteer, but children must be accompanied by adults. The training session is free to the public. Pre-registration is requested through the Kellogg Environmental Center at 203-734-2513.
Center offers nature workshops, activities
The Kellogg Center, a facility operated by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The center offers workshops, exhibits, nature activities, walks, and lectures for the general public.
It is near the historic Osborne Homestead Museum as well as Osbornedale State Park.