T and I have participated in the bird count for several years now. It’s always a lot of fun! We love seeing the same birds come back year after year. I love our chickadees and T loves that we have three sets of Cardinals. This year we are told to expect some surprise visitors as a result of El Nino.
This year the count starts Feb. 12th and goes through the 15th. If you would like to participate you can register here.
They ask that you count birds for 15 minutes a day or longer. T and I do 15 minutes early in the morning when we tend to see the most visitors. Then we do 15 minutes just before lunch. Record your findings on a checklist which can be printed here. You need a checklist for every day you count.
Once you have completed as many days as you would like to count. You go back online and enter your data. It’s that simple. Last year we were able to print a certificate showing he had participated.
They offer some great tools for when you spot a bird you don’t recognize.
There is also this one for trickier identifications.
Or, there’s an app for that!
Finally, there is a photo contest too! Pictures must be taken during the back yard bird watch. Here are the details!
Before you get started, take some time to make your feathered friends some of these beautiful seed decorations to draw them in. We made these just before Christmas and they are super easy and absolutely charming. The birds thought they were delicious!
We also have this book for reference.
We strongly encourage you to take the time to participate in this. It’s a great way to get your child outside and help them become more aware of the birds and their environments. It also encourages a quiet and peaceful study time. Keeping records and entering them online make for a simple assignment. We follow up by taking the time to learn more about each species we discover. T looks forward to this and so do I.
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