First The Picture: What do you know about birds? Do you know what type of bird this is? Can you tell if it is a boy or a girl? What things help us to know the gender of a bird? What types of things do birds eat? Do you put out food for the birds?
Second The Question: Some birds stay throughout the year and some birds migrate in and out of areas seasonally. As the winter months change to spring your bird population will change. This is a wonderful time to pay attention to birds outside and begin to notice your unique local bird population. Can you list the different types of birds that are in your area? Try to find images of the birds, both male and female on the computer or at the library. What is different between boy and girl birds? Why do you think they look so different?
Third Next Steps: Birds are amazing colorful, sweet sounding creatures. They add so much beauty to our world. Spend some time walking outside or watching out a window and see how many different types of birds you can find. Go for a hike in a park or at a nature center, bring along a pair of binoculars and spot as many different birds as you can. Spend some time sitting quietly and listen to the different calls that birds make. Visit you-tube and pull up videos of different birds. Another fun thing on-line is: the National Eagle Center has a webcam on their eagle’s nest where you can tune in and watch as they build their nest, lay their eggs and hatch out some eaglets. Click Here One of the most amazing things to do in the spring is to attend a bird banding. Look for nature centers, or regional parks in your area. Go to their website and look at their educational programming options. Many have bird banding sessions in the spring and they love to have help. It is usually free for you to attend. The experience is unforgettable. They actually gently catch birds in nets and then have volunteers hold the birds and place a band on their leg. Children can help with the guidance of an adult. It is awe inspiring for little ones to see a songbird up close and get a chance to feel their soft feathers. A truly memorable way to interact with our amazing bird population and a great way to kick off the spring!
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