12 October 2010
I’m taking part in Project PigeonWatch for the Cornell lab of Ornithology in New York.
Project PigeonWatch is a citizen science project in which volunteers count pigeons and record the colours of courting pigeons. Pigeon watching can take place anywhere in the world where pigeons gather in flocks, are accustomed to being fed, and have close contact with people. The data reported back to scientists are crucial for this ongoing research, and pigeon watchers, in turn, learn about birds and how science and scientists work at the Cornell lab of Ornithology in NY.
The project helps people learn about the colouration and courtship behaviours of pigeons and tries to understand why pigeons exist in so many colours.
Rather than just gather data on how many pigeons I see and the variations in colour, I will create a map showing pigeon ‘hot-spots’ across Leicester city, capturing data using photography, video and sound recordings. One day a week, I will feed a group of pigeons that congregate by the canal side at the Rally Park, whilst also investigating where other flocks of pigeons gather for regular feeding opportunities across the city, including interviews with the people that feed them.
Learn more about the Cornell lab of Ornithology are why they are encouraging volunteers to count the different colour morphs and recording the colours of courting pigeons in many different cities to support scientific research. More images for Project Pigeonwatch