Grab a pair of binoculars and head outdoors! No matter where you live, you will be able to spot the wild birds near you. National Bird Feeding month has not been around for too long, it was started only 18 years ago in February of 1994 in an effort to educate the public on their natural environment and celebrate the hobby of bird feeding and bird watching. You might be wondering “How can I celebrate National Wild Bird feeding month this year?” Well, there are many activities to enjoy and you might learn something you never knew before!
The book Habitat Spy, by Cynthia A. King is the perfect guide for spotting wild birds in their natural habitat. Told in rhyming narrative, Habitat Spy invites children to search for and find plants, invertebrates, birds, and mammals and more that live in 13 different habitats: backyard, beach, bog, cave, desert, forest, meadow, mountain, ocean, plains, pond, river, and cypress swamp.
Using Habitat Spy as your helper along the way, try to spot as many wild birds in as many habitats as you can. Write them down in a “Bird Watching Journal” and describe the looks, sounds and behaviors that you observed. You’ll be surprised at how many different birds you see!
If you’d rather let the birds come to you, make your own homemade bird feeder. Using just a pine-cone, some peanut butter, and a piece of string, you can do some bird watching in the comfort of your own home. Just follow these easy instructions:
- On a surface covered in newspaper, spread peanut butter all over a pine cone you’ve found outside.
- Tie a string around the top of the pine cone.
- Tie the other end of the string to a tree branch. (Make sure you choose a spot where you can safely and comfortably see. For example, right by a window in your house)
- Wait for the birds to visit and enjoy their new bird feeder! Don’t forget to keep a camera or journal nearby so that you can record all of your bird sightings!
Happy bird watching!