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Bird Watching for Kids - Feeding Birds and Learning about Birds


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Science Learning in Bird Watching

Do you want to connect with wildlife? Make a bird feeder or buy one, hang it up in your yard, and let the learning adventure begin. With bird watching, your kids can learn important concepts in biology first-hand:

  • Bird species identification and classification
  • Feeding habits
  • Social behaviors.
  • Effect of a bird's physical characteristics on food choices and feeding strategies.
  • How birds interact with their habitats

Make your own bird feeders for an education in engineering, particularly if you want to keep squirrels away from your birdseed.

Observe birds in the wild for a better understanding of habitats and behaviors.

Experiment with your feeders and feeding stations for a real-life application of the scientific method, changing just one thing at a time and observe the results - do more birds come? Do they feed more easily?

Bird Watching Resources on BigLearning.org

Whether you want to learn where to watch birds, how to feed them, or how to study them, these articles can help you out.

New! Gallery of Kid-designed birdfeeders

Book Review: Birdhouses

Backyard Bird Watching Sites

Bird Books for Early Spring

Peregrine Falcon web cam

Bird Houses

Activity: Join Project FeederWatch

Activity: Bird Feeders - Getting Ready for Fall

Activity: Make Your Own Bird Feeders

Book Review: Backyard Bird Watching for Kids

Photos of Common Feeder Birds


Learning about Birds and Bird Watching

These are great sites for anyone interested in learning more about birds. Most require some adult help to understand and navigate, especially if your child is under 10.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology. http://birds.cornell.edu

National Birdfeeding Society. http://www.birdfeeding.org

Nutty Birdwatcher: http://www.nuthatch.birdnature.com/

Recordings of bird songs. http://www.naturesongs.com/birds.html#LSTRI:

Birding , including specs for bird houses: http://www.birding.com.

Live pictures of a bald eagle nest: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/orl-eaglewatch.special.

Birding tips for kids from Texas Wildlife Federation: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/adv/birding/beginbird/kidbird.htm

Bird adaptations: http://www.normanbirdsanctuary.org/beak_adaptations.shtml

LA Natural History Bird Site: http://www.lam.mus.ca.us/birds/home.html

Tips for Painting Bird Houses http://birding.about.com/od/buildhouses/a/paint.htm

Tips for getting started: http://www.birdwatching.com/tips/kids_birding.html

Bird Watching Sites for Kids

Here are bird sites written especially for kids - your kids will love to look at these sites alone or with a parent or friend.

Enchanted Learning - for younger kids who can read a little: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/birds/

Bird biology and observation for older kids and families: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/adv/birding/beginbird/kidbird.htm

An online book about birds and how they fly: http://wings.avkids.com/Book/Animals/beginner/birds-01.html

Read about common species: http://aviary.owls.com/


Recommended Backyard Bird Watching Books

Stokes Beginners Guide
to BIrds
(Eastern Region)

Feeder Birds of Eastern North America

Backyard Bird Watching
for Kids

Our Yard is
Full of Birds





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