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Project Feeder Watch offers a fun winter family activity

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It's winter fun that you don't need snow for. In fact, you don't even need cold weather. Project Feeder Watch has been happening at Paul Smith's College for the past six years. Barry Wygel takes a look at what the project entails.

PAUL SMITHS, N.Y. -- It's something anyone can do.

"We do a Friday morning and Saturday morning watch," said Brian McAllister, the Adirondack Birding Center director.

The staff and volunteers at the Paul Smith's College VIC spend that time cataloging the different birds they see. It's a research initiative launched by Cornell University.

"This data goes right to Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. It's nationwide," said McAllister.

Project Feeder Watch isn't something you have to drive to a nature center to enjoy. You can do it from the comfort of your own backyard.

"I encourage folks to sign up for it. It's a great, great valuable project," said McAllister.

Anyone can sign up to participate in Project Feeder Watch, whether it's a family, community group or nature center. All it takes is a couple hours of time.

"Project Feeder Watch runs from about the middle of November to about the middle of April," said McAllister.

The project runs in the winter, because bird experts say people should be wary of putting feeders out in the summer, for fear of attracting unwanted visitors.

"Here in the Adirondacks we often encourage people to take down their feeders because black bears will come rip down their bird feeders," said McAllister.

There's still a couple of months to get involved and be a part of Project Feeder Watch. If you would like more information about Project Feeder Watch or to order your own kit, please visit www.birds.cornell.edu.

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