Project FeederWatch at Lynden

November 19, 2018-April 5, 2019

Red-bellied woodpecker

Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden.

For the fifth year in a row, Lynden is a registered site for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Project FeederWatch. The main goal of this citizen science project is to combine the interests of backyard bird watchers with the needs of ornithologists who study bird populations. By making simple, standardized counts of the birds in their yards (or, in this case, at Lynden) and reporting them to the FeederWatch database, FeederWatchers contribute directly to the scientific understanding of bird populations. These observations help scientists study changes in the distribution and abundance of feeder birds over time.

We have established bird feeders on the grounds, using the recommended seeds to attract birds through the seasons. We have binoculars and color charts to help us identify the birds at our feeder. Now, we need bird viewers of all ages and experience levels to join us on our siting days to help tally our observations for the project. You can visit the FeederWatch website and download their very useful handbook.

Lynden’s fall FeederWatch season begins November 19-20. If you are interested in participating, contact Naomi Cobb at, and she will set up a time to train you in FeederWatch procedures and determine your observation schedule.

FeederWatch Dates

Birds are counted periodically for two consecutive days, at least five days apart, over the course of the FeederWatch season.
November 19, 20
November 26, 27
December 3,4
December 10,11
December 17, 18

FeederWatch Sign-Up

Contact Naomi at to sign up for a slot.

FeederWatch Photos

Get a good photo at the Lynden feeders? Send it to us at and we'll add it to the gallery.

Photo: Chuck Stebelton
Hermit thrush, photo by Chuck Stebelton

Turkeys at the feeders
Turkeys feasting at the feeders; photo by Jeremy Stepien

Photo: Naomi Cobb
Turkeys return on a frigid day; photo by Naomi Cobb

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