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Birdwatching isn’t just a hobby—it’s a way to save our feathered friends.

Since 1970, one in four bird species in Canada and the U.S. have disappeared, but there’s a way you can help. Project FeederWatch is a project where participants count the birds in neighbourhood feeders, and send the data in. These feeders can be in backyards, or public spaces like nature centers and parks.

Here’s how it works: Participants can sign up at FeederWatch.org (the 2019-2020 Project FeederWatch season begins on November 9th and ends on April 3rd, 2020). Anyone can participate—you don’t need to be a bird expert! Participants are encouraged to set up their bird-counting mission by setting up a count site, like an easy-to-monitor area in your yard with visible feeders from one vantage point. Then, participants select two consecutive “count days” a week and you can watch your feeders as much (or as little) as you want over the selected count days. You must leave at least five days when you don’t count between each of your two-day counts.

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This means you’ll send in no more than t1 total bird data reports. That data is then used to track the abundance of different bird species, so scientists have a better understanding of which species are most at risk of endangerment.

Ready to get your bird-watching on? Head to Project FeederWatch’s website and watch the video clip above for more info.

This song of birds chirping is climbing the U.K. charts