What's called the BirdSpotter photo contest launches Nov. 6.
BirdSpotter is run through the Project FeederWatch citizen-science project at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y. FeederWatch participants keep track of their feeder birds from November through April and report what they see online.
The information helps scientists learn more about the changes in bird distribution and population numbers in North America over time.
The photo contest offers weekly prizes for the photos that receive the most votes on the contest website.
Each Wednesday from Nov. 6 through Feb. 12, a new BirdSpotter photo theme will be posted, such as "birds in flight" or "birds eating." You can upload one entry per week and then vote for your favorite photo. The winner will be announced on Monday mornings.
Each weekly winner receives a package of Bob's Red Mill products and gifts from the Cornell Lab. Voting for the top three photos from among all the weekly winners begins Feb.19. The grand-prize winner gets a trip for two to Oregon.
Last season's grand-prize winner was Catherine Diehl-Robbins from Anchorage, Alaska. She won with an image of a male pine grosbeak chowing down on mountain ash berries.
You don't have to be a Project FeederWatch participant to enter -- but if you do sign up for the project you'll join tens of thousands of other FeederWatchers who report their feeder visitors to help scientists learn more about your favorite backyard birds. Visit www.FeederWatch.org.
Full contest rules and the list of prizes on the website.