I'm lucky. For three years now a pair of painted buntings (PABUs) have chosen my yard as their annual nesting place. I see them everyday - the easily recognized male, and the beautiful solid green female. This year they showed up alot earlier than usual (another piece of the whole global warming puzzle) - they've been here since late February. I try not to take them for granted - but they honestly are at my feeder off-and-on all day long. I contacted a Fish and Wildlife person recently, who told me about a call from a UNC-W scientist looking for folks to participate in a PABU study. This is perfect for me - but even if you don't have PABUs at your feeders , perhaps you might want to try and attract them (they love white millet)- so sign up to be a Citizen Scientist. Their numbers are dwindling, and it would be ashame to lose them. Each time I see them, a million times a day - I feel lucky.
PAINTED BUNTING OBSERVER TEAM SEEKS HELP FROM CITIZEN SCIENTISTS:
The Painted Bunting Observer Team at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is seeking help from volunteer citizens to support a research study in South Carolina and North Carolina to develop strategies to sustain and increase the numbers of these brightly colored migratory birds. To become a Painted Bunting Observer Team volunteer member or to learn more about the project, contact: Dr. Jamie Rotenberg, University of North Carolina Wilmington ornithologist, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rotenberg can also be reached at (910) 962-7675 in Wilmington, N.C. Rotenberg and colleague Laurel Barnhill, bird conservation coordinator for the S.C.Department of Natural Resources (DNR), will evaluate whether backyard bird feeders help breeding buntings as compared to their cousins that only use natural areas for their food supply, such as state parks and reserves. Barnhill and Rotenberg hope that their efforts, along with the help of hundreds of citizen scientists, will begin the foundations of recovery for one of our area's most beautiful birds.