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Nature Center looking for ‘citizen scientists’ for bird feeding station study

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MASSENA — The Friends of the Robert Moses Nature Center are looking for “citizen scientists” to help track bird and mammal activity at bird feeding stations.

The program, which is made possible through a grant from the Alcoa Foundation, is called “Treats-n-Tweets,” and runs from July to October.

Using cameras and equipment from the Nature Center, participants — who can include individuals, small groups, families or clubs — are asked to help check bird feeding stations and record visitors and other information. They’re looking to track bird and mammal activity to see if they change and why.

Informational meetings to talk about the effort will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday and July 26, Aug. 2 and 16, and Aug. 10 and 24 at the Nature Center.

Nature Center Executive Director Mary A. Danboise said the center plans to set up three different bird feeding stations that will be monitored.

“One will be in the meadow right off the paved trail, one will be back in the deeper woods and the other one will be in an open area closer to the river. Hopefully, they’ll attract different birds,” Ms. Danboise said.

The feeding stations will be fenced in so deer cannot get to them, but will still allow access for other animals. For more information, call 705-5022.

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