My kids love nature. My eldest son especially enjoys watching birds. However, it’s winter and it’s cold and I haven’t been too enthusiastic about going on nature walks.
I’ve been trying to keep nature study going in our homeschool throughout the winter months but looking at books just isn’t the same as getting outdoors and exploring and seeing what you happen to see, and hearing what you happen to hear.
I recently heard about the Great Backyard Bird Count!
This is a great way to spice up your winter nature study and almost any age child can take part.
You just set up a bird feeder (you can make one if you don’t have one..even just smearing peanut butter on a pine cone and rolling it in bird seed, then tying it in a tree will work!) or just spread some seed out on the ground in front of your window. Birds aren’t too picky in the winter; they’ll come! My older two children happened to make pop-bottle bird feeders at Scouts just days after our other one fell and broke.
You and your children watch for 15 minutes or more and report your sightings. Every entry helps researchers get an idea of how different bird species are doing in different regions and environments.
The Great Backyard Bird Count runs from February 13 to 16 so get out your bird seed and bird books and enjoy!