MDC welcomes birders to Project Feeder Watch Nov. 6 in Blue Springs

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Kansas City, Mo. – Science is a caretaker for nature, and people can help science. The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs will host a kickoff event for Project Feeder Watch from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Watching birds visit winter feeders is fun. Identifying and counting those birds, and reporting them to a database, helps ornithologists track bird movements and population trends. Project Feeder Watch is a national program hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The program at Burr Oak Woods will teach participants how to do the counts and submit data. Visitors can help with the ongoing counts at center’s outdoor feeders during this winter or adapt the program to their home feeders.

Instructor Stephanie Kemp, MDC naturalist, will also offer tips on bird identification and backyard bird feeders. This program is for all ages and skill levels. Registration is not required. COVID-19 precautions will be followed.

To learn more about Project Feeder Watch, visit FeederWatch - Count Feeder Birds for Science. Information about the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center is available by calling 816-228-3766 or by visiting