Volunteers wanted for bird research project

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is recruiting volunteers to participate in Project FeederWatch and to maintain bird feeding stations and bluebird boxes. A workshop, at Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby, will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, to train participants in The Project FeederWatch protocols.

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 26th year. Volunteers monitor and count the number of birds that are using our bird feeders during pre-selected days between November and March. The data is carefully recorded and entered online to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology for compilation, analysis and publication.

This activity is well suited for individuals who have an interest in birds or enjoy watching wildlife including students, teachers, retired individuals, backyard birders and those that already feed birds in their yards. Workshop participants will volunteer for monitoring at Kellogg Environmental Center’s FeederWatch project at The Center’s established feeding station between the months of November to March. Handouts and refreshments will be available.

All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by adults. The program is free to the public. Pre-registration is requested. For more information and to register, contact the Kellogg Environmental Center at (203) 734-2513.