Knowledge Entry Contest: How do you share your love of birds with others?

April 11, 2023

A songbird with drab brown above and white below with a thin eyeline perches on a branch surrounded by yellow catkins.

|Warbling Vireo by Michael Stubblefield/Macaulay Library |

For the seventh season in a row, Mission FeederWatch and our sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with the prospect to win prizes. This yr, Celestron is becoming a member of the enjoyable and providing one pair of binoculars to every knowledge entry contest winner as effectively. After coming into fowl counts (knowledge) into the FeederWatch web site, contributors have the chance to share a narrative, reminiscence, or tip by clicking the “Enter to Win” button on the Rely Abstract web page. We randomly choose two winners per immediate. Our remaining Knowledge Entry contest immediate this season was:

Do you impart any birding abilities discovered from Mission FeederWatch to anybody? How do you share your love of birds with others?

Congratulations to our winners, Millie Simbeck and Joann Ringelstetter!

 Millie shared:

I like to share my data of birds with my granddaughters. They love seeing and listening to all of the completely different species at their dwelling and mine. They’ve even been drawing and coloring completely different birds and giving them to me as presents.

Collaborating in Mission FeederWatch, and even merely watching birds may help interact kids within the pleasure of nature examine and the marvel of scientific investigation. The Cornell Lab’s Ok-12 Schooling group has created assets for academics and oldsters that construct science abilities whereas inspiring younger individuals to connect with native habitats, discover biodiversity, and have interaction in citizen-science tasks. Try the K-12 Education website for classes and actions for various grades, skilled growth coaching, dad or mum assets, and extra. You could find assets particularly associated to Mission FeederWatch reminiscent of the brand new FeederWatch Classroom Information, purposes for PFW classroom funding, and associated activites and studying on our Educator Resources page.

Joann shared:

At any time when anybody visits my wooded property, or if I am going on a nature hike with anybody, I all the time cease and ask them to take heed to the birds which might be singing. I determine the species they level out and inform them a bit about that fowl. My absolute favourite factor is sharing birds with kids – they’re so desperate to study. What I like sharing probably the most with them is mnemonic [devices], particularly for the Warbling Vireo: “If I sees you, I’ll seize you, and I’ll squeeze you ’until you squirt!”

A mnemonic gadget is a reminiscence method used to extra simply bear in mind troublesome materials. On this case, Joann is referring to phrases that individuals use to assist them bear in mind fowl songs and calls. For instance, much like the Warbling Vireo music she references above, you may hear a Carolina Wren singing, “Tea kettle, tea kettle, tea kettle,” or a White-throated Sparrow singing, “Oh candy Canada, Canada, Canada.” Should you want to apply studying your fowl songs, you might discover Cornell’s Merlin Hen ID app very useful. Merlin Hen ID is a free app that acts as a pocket area information. You possibly can discover a listing of birds that stay close to you, study their songs, view their vary maps, and extra. The app additionally has a Sound ID function that listens to the birds round you and reveals real-time recommendations for who’s singing. Study extra or learn how to obtain the Merlin Bird ID app here

Because of everybody who participated and shared their tales over the 2022-2023 season – we want we might share all your submissions! E-mail with questions, and skim the tales from previous winners on our blog.

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