Kicking off a new season of feeder watching!

Dear Homeschool Parent,

Each fall, Cornell Lab of Ornithology staff gear up for a new season of Project FeederWatch (PFW).  This year, we have something special to celebrate: we mark 25 years of helping people collect and submit data about their backyard feeder birds. If you are already involved in this citizen science project: thank you! Your data helps us understand how bird populations are doing around the country.  If you have yet to participate: maybe this year is the time to put your location on the map!  Participating in Project FeederWatch is fun and easy and really makes a difference in our understanding of birds.

What kinds of adventures might you and your children witness at your feeders?  (photo by Nosha, Flickr)

Meanwhile, as fall gets in swing, our Cornell Lab education staff turn attention to helping homeschoolers utilize this amazing citizen science project that we think is perfect for families. It provides an ideal way to teach and learn science in a way that is connected to life in your community, real-world, and motivating. We've listened to parents who want to participate and get quality resources to aid them in using PFW educationally, but who are concerned about tight budgets. This season, we are thrilled to be able to lower our price on our BirdSleuth: Science Investigator's Kit for Homeschoolers kit: $20 off (now $69.95 in the US, $89.95 in Canada). The kit still includes participation PFW (including a participant kit, poster, data forms) and the BirdSleuth kit (lesson plans, student journal and resouce guide, a kid-friendly field guide and a bird log book).  Plus, all orders in November will also get a free finch feeder sock so you can start feeding birds immediately.  For more information on this kit, please visit the BirdSleuth website.

Our BirdSleuth homeschool kit comes with everything you need for an entire season of science eduation and backyard birdwatching and study.
Finally, pease follow this blog thoughout the season, as we'll be regularly posting information, invitations for children to participate in contests, and activity ideas that will appeal to homeschooling parents with children of all ages. 

Happy Birding!

Jennifer Fee
K-12 Programs Manager
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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