Photo: USFWS Citizen scientists have been studying birds for over 100 years, and some of the most popular projects involve observing birds throughout the winter. Below, we highlight five projects that study birds during the winter. Whether you want to watch birds while outdoors or from the comfort of your home, we have a project for you! Find more with the SciStarter Project Finder.
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Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey
In the United States, volunteers are needed in the first half of January to look for eagles along standard survey routes. It's always a treat to count these majestic birds!
Puget Sound Seabird Survey
From October to April, volunteers in Washington state walk the coastline counting overwintering water birds. Data are collected on over 50 species!
South Texas Wintering Birds
Many birds spend the winter in South Texas. If you go birding anywhere in the region, either in an urban or rural area, report your bird sightings to this project.
Photo: Jean Pennycock
Study Adelie Penguin Breeding
This is a great project for classrooms in November through January. Using online photos and data from Antarctica, students can study Adelie Penguin behavior. The project offers many online resources for educators.
If you enjoy watching birds from your window, this is the perfect project for you! In North America, citizen scientists can observe and report on the birds visiting their feeders during the winter months.
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