Bird Feeder Project

The Bird Feeder Project is a BDI citizen science initiative involving school learners and youth eco-clubs. Each learner who participates gets a bird feeder and a bag of wild bird seed. The feeders are hung close enough to a window so that photos (for identification purposes) can be taken with a cellphone. Learners are taught a scientific protocol for doing 10-minute watches and recording the species they see, in the order they see them, and try to count the number of birds. Anyone with a bird feeder in their garden can participate!

The Bird Feeder Project includes an online identification guide to about 30 of the species commonly seen in gardens in Cape Town. Students will learn how to upload their cellphone photos into the BirdPix section of the Virtual Museum, where they will be curated for posterity. The 10-minute watches will rapidly grow into a valuable monitoring database. The Bird Feeder Project is an excellent opportunity for students to engage with nature and learn more about birds. Upload your Bird Feeder Watch here.

Common Garden Birds of Cape Town

At the seed bird feeder…

On the ground…

In the trees…

Flying overhead and on rooftops…

Other interesting visitors…

The BDI is grateful to WESSA, the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa, for funding to get this project started.