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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, Challenge FeederWatch and our sponsor Wild Birds Limitless are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with the prospect to win prizes. This 12 months, Celestron is becoming a member of the enjoyable and providing one pair of binoculars to every information entry contest winner as effectively. After getting into fowl counts (information) into the FeederWatch web site, members 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 closing Knowledge Entry contest immediate this season was:

Do you impart any birding abilities discovered from Challenge 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 information of birds with my granddaughters. They love seeing and listening to all of the totally different species at their dwelling and mine. They’ve even been drawing and coloring totally different birds and giving them to me as presents.

Taking part in Challenge FeederWatch, and even merely watching birds will help have interaction kids within the pleasure of nature research and the surprise of scientific investigation. The Cornell Lab’s Okay-12 Training crew has created assets for academics and oldsters that construct science abilities whereas inspiring younger folks to hook up with native habitats, discover biodiversity, and have interaction in citizen-science initiatives. Try the Okay-12 Training web site for classes and actions for various grades, skilled growth coaching, mum or dad assets, and extra. You will discover assets particularly associated to Challenge FeederWatch akin to the brand new FeederWatch Classroom Information, functions for PFW classroom funding, and associated activites and studying on our Educator Sources web page.

Joann shared:

Every time anybody visits my wooded property, or if I am going on a nature hike with anybody, I at all times cease and ask them to take heed to the birds which are singing. I establish 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 desirous to study. What I really 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 approach used to extra simply keep in mind troublesome materials. On this case, Joann is referring to phrases that folks use to assist them keep in mind fowl songs and calls. For instance, just like the Warbling Vireo tune she references above, you would possibly hear a Carolina Wren singing, “Tea kettle, tea kettle, tea kettle,” or a White-throated Sparrow singing, “Oh candy Canada, Canada, Canada.” In case you want to follow studying your fowl songs, you might discover Cornell’s Merlin Chook ID app very useful. Merlin Chook ID is a free app that acts as a pocket area information. You possibly can discover an inventory of birds that dwell close to you, study their songs, view their vary maps, and extra. The app additionally has a Sound ID characteristic that listens to the birds round you and exhibits real-time ideas for who’s singing. Be taught extra or learn the way to obtain the Merlin Chook ID app right here

Because of everybody who participated and shared their tales over the 2022-2023 season – we want we might share your entire submissions! E-mail feederwatch@cornell.edu with questions, and browse the tales from previous winners on our weblog.

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