New Nikon binoculars in hand, students in Dr. Elizabeth Rave's ornithology course have been watching the university's lakefront bird feeders from the comfort of Sattgast Hall and reporting bird species and numbers as part of Project FeederWatch.

According to the Project FeederWatch organization, the project "is a winter-long (November-April) survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. Participants periodically count the birds they see at their feeders and send their counts to Project FeederWatch.

The new binoculars were purchased through collaboration with Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters in Walker, Minn. and funds provided from the Minnesota Leveraged Equipment Program.

Bemidji State's partnership with Reeds is a testament to the value of business relationships in providing hands-on learning experiences for BSU students.