The IMNH at Idaho State University (ISU) has joined the Project Feederwatch citizen science project and invites the Pocatello community to participate.
Project Feederwatch, managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, aims to help scientists track population and abundance trends in birds during winter. Every year from November to April, bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to sign up and monitor their bird feeders as part of the program. These citizen scientists record information about the kinds of birds visit their feeders and submit it to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
The IMNH will be monitoring their bird feeders this year and submitting their data as part of Project Feederwatch. In conjunction with this project, the museum will open its doors on select dates so interested community members can help count birds, brush up on their bird identification skills, and learn more about Project Feederwatch.
According to Becky Hansis-O’Neill, the IMNH Education Specialist, “Lots of people around town feed birds in their backyards. By opening up the museum we are hoping to recruit more backyard birders to join Project Feederwatch. Sometimes people hear “citizen science” and think that they need extra training or expertise to participate. We want to provide support to people who are interested, but want to see how Project Feederwatch works before they commit to monitoring a feeder.”
Anyone can sign up for Project Feederwatch, which ends of April 8th, 2016. New citizen scientists pay $18 for a research kit that comes in the mail. Fees support Feederwatch staff, data analysis, and publication of their annual end-of-year report.
Feederwatch Dates for the IMNH (meet in the museum classroom room 204):
January 14 and 28; February 11 and 25; March 10 and 31; 9:00-10:00am
January 15 and 29; February 12 and 26; March 11; April 1; 3:00-4:00pm
Can’t make these times? Support our feeder by donating birdseed! Drop off unopened bags of seed at the museum front desk during normal business hours.
This 3D model is annotated with common parts of birds that are useful when identifying new species.