Bird Watching for Kids - Feeding Birds and Learning about Birds
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:
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.
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