NATIONAL — Calling all shutterbug bird lovers: The BirdSpotter Photo Contest is back — always a popular feature of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Project FeederWatch. The contest runs through March 12, with many great prizes available for biweekly winners and final Grand Prize winners. The contest is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited.

“We have a specific theme for each two-week period,” explains FeederWatch leader Emma Greig. The first themed submission period already closed on November 21. But more photo themes coming up include Spectacular Sparrows, Cardinals and Friends, Beautiful Blues and Grays, Birds in Flight, Splash of Sunshine, Boring is Beautiful, and Potpourri–Anything goes!

Project FeederWatch is a winter-long, citizen-science project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada. Participants report their feeder visitors to help scientists learn more about backyard birds.

For the BirdSpotter contest, a People’s Choice and a Judges’ Choice photo will be selected every other week. Photographers will receive prizes from the Cornell Lab and contest sponsor, Wild Birds Unlimited. Voting for Grand Prize winners will take place from February 29 to March 12. See all the winners from last season’s BirdSpotter contest.

“Those who do participate in FeederWatch have other opportunities to win by sharing a bird-related tip, story, or memory,” says Greig. “After recording FeederWatch data online, follow the ‘Enter to Win’ prompt and answer the question for that two-week period. A winner will be randomly chosen from among the responses and their story posted on the FeederWatch blog.”

Visit to learn more about the photo contest or sign up for the project in the U.S. or Canada.