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Help monitor winter bird populations in West Virginia!

The annual WVDNR Winter Bird Count has been discontinued after 30 years. Many thanks to state residents who participated and submitted records of birds in their yards! The good news is that there are several ways in which state residents can both enjoy birds and participate in their conservation. See below for information on nationwide projects that monitor winter bird populations.

Project Feederwatch: https://feederwatch.org/

Coordinated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this volunteer program is nearly identical to the now-retired WVDNR Winter Bird Count. This winter-long survey focuses on backyards and bird feeding stations, and observers periodically enter their data online between November and April. Data collected from thousands of yards are then analyzed to better understand winter bird populations

Christmas Bird Counts: https://www.audubon.org/conservation/join-christmas-bird-count

The annual Christmas Bird Count, coordinated by the National Audubon Society, is the oldest and largest citizen science bird monitoring effort in existence. For over 100 years, volunteers have participated in counting all birds of all species in 15-mile diameter circles in the final weeks of December and the first week of January. Results of these counts help us understand long-term patterns and changes in wintering bird populations.

Great Backyard Bird Count: https://www.audubon.org/conservation/about-great-backyard-bird-count

Also coordinated by the National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count is a nationwide annual 4-day effort in February to spend as much or as little time as desired counting birds. The goal of this project is similar to the Christmas Bird Count.

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