There’s a constant conflict between cat lovers and bird lovers. Cat lovers want their felines to roam freely but bird lovers say the cats kill birds so the cats should be kept indoor. Now instead of fighting, cat and bird lovers are teaming up to count cats in Washington D.C.

Called the D.C. Cat Count, this $1.5 million project that will run through 2021. The Humane Rescue Alliance (team cat) and for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (team bird) will study the affect of feral cats on the bird population. By collecting data about outdoor cats, they can scientifically show the impact of cats on birds. Perhaps if the cats are like politicians, they’ll simply blame others and get away with it.

To read more about the D.C. Cat Count project, click here.