The Sciences

Winter Birding- Seasonal Citizen Science for Everyone!

Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news
 

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.

Cheers!

The SciStarter Team

Photo: USFWS

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!

Get started!

Photo: USFWS

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!

Get started!

Photo: USFWS

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.

Get started!

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.

Get started!

Photo: USFWS

Project FeederWatch

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.

Get started!


Help SciStarter help you! Take this 10 minute survey on what information you find most important about projects. Check out SciStarter's Project Finder! With 1100+ projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there's something for everyone!

1 free article left
Want More? Get unlimited access for as low as $1.99/month

Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

1 free articleSubscribe
Discover Magazine Logo
Want more?

Keep reading for as low as $1.99!

Subscribe

Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

More From Discover
Recommendations From Our Store
Shop Now
Stay Curious
Join
Our List

Sign up for our weekly science updates.

 
Subscribe
To The Magazine

Save up to 70% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine.

Copyright © 2021 Kalmbach Media Co.