Citizen Science: Be Part of Something Bigger

Enjoy the holidays and help birds. Photo by Camilla Cerea courtesy of AudubonEnjoy the holidays and help birds. Photo by Camilla Cerea/Audubon.

Monitoring birds is an essential part of protecting them. But tracking the health of the world’s 10,000 bird species is an immense challenge. That’s where you come in.

Scientists need hundreds of thousands of people to report what they’re seeing in backyards, neighborhoods, and wild places around the world. No matter what aspect of birdwatching you love most, there’s a citizen-science (community science) project that needs you.

Whether you want to participate once a year or once a day, here are a few of our favorite projects to get involved with:

Once-a-Year Bird Counts

A Red-bellied Woodpecker visits a feeder and is recorded by a Project FeederWatch participant. Photo by Bob Vuxinic/PFW.A Red-bellied Woodpecker visits a feeder and is recorded by a Project FeederWatch participant. Photo by Bob Vuxinic/PFW.

Extended Counts

Birdwatching by a window. Photo by Denise Bemister/GBBC.Counts like Project FeederWatch don't even require you to leave your cozy nest, unless you want to. Photo by Denise Bemister/GBBC.
In eBird’s first 10 years of existence, bird watchers contributed 100 million observations. It took only 2 more years to reach the next 100 million.In eBird’s first 10 years of existence, bird watchers contributed 100 million observations. It took only 2 more years to reach the next 100 million.

Studying Nesting Success

Nature in Cities and Towns

Photographing a Brown Booby. Photo by Michael O’Brien.Photographing a Brown Booby. Photo by Michael O’Brien.

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