Welcome to Cornell Feeders Live!
In this investigation we are studying the birds on the Cornell FeederWatch cam, located in the Treman Bird Feeder Garden at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Sitting just on the edge of both Sapsucker Woods and its 10-acre pond, these feeders attract forest species like chickadees and woodpeckers as well as some species that prefer open environments near water like Red-winged Blackbirds.
Bird Cams Lab participants and scientists have worked together as co-creators in the first two phases of the investigation (observation, question-asking) and settled on two questions to answer: (1) What is the daily visitation pattern of different species at the feeders? (2) How does weather affect the probability of different species visiting the feeders?
They’ll answer these questions by tagging data in real time on the Cornell FeederWatch cam for eight bird species: Northern Cardinal, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-bellied Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, Blue Jay, American Goldfinch, and Red-winged Blackbird. Then, the scientists will pull precipitation (ex: rain) and temperature data from the nearest weather station to answer the second question.
Everyone in the Bird Cams Lab community is invited to join in any and all parts of the scientific process: asking the research question, deciding what data to collect, collecting data, looking for patterns, making interpretations, reviewing results, and sharing findings.