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February 18, 2013

SUNY students play citizen scientists


While the club has never participated in the Bird Count before, members plan to make bird feeders for years to come for future events.


SUNY Plattsburgh student Jimmy Burdock, a member of the Wildlife Club, stopped at the table to make four bird feeders. 

“I’m putting mine outside of Kent Hall,” he said. “I hope to see at least three birds that are not crows.”

Student Rebecca Allington was taking part so her observations could be beneficial to science in some way. 

“I hope to give them more data on what birds are in the area.”  

Ebonyrose Bellamy likes to watch birds, but she did not want to touch the peanut butter to make a feeder. 

“I like seeing the rhythms, because each bird has a different rhythm,” she said.  


Danielle Garneau, the faculty adviser of the Wildlife Club, is a member of Feederwatch, a bird-watching organization affiliated with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

“I’ve been doing a lot of citizen science stuff, and I like the direction that it’s going in,” she said. “It’s engaging to the everyday Joe and super easy to do.”  

SUNY Plattsburgh student Tim Maggio does not enjoy watching birds, but his dad does.

“I’m making a feeder in appreciation of my dad’s love of birds,” he said, holding up his freshly made feeder as peanut butter plopped to the floor. 

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