Bird Feeding Fun

25 02 2011

Earlier this month, we learned about the different birds seen at the annual Christmas Bird Count. This got us thinking more about birds, and we discovered that this month has been International Bird Feeding Month!

There are many different ways you can help feed the birds in your backyard.

One simple way to help feed birds is with a Bagel Bird Feeder. All you need is a bagel, string, peanut butter and bird seeds. First, you tie the string around the bagel. Then you spread peanut butter over the bagel and pour seeds on it. Once this is done, you hang the bird feeder from tree and watch the birds eat!

Bagel Bird Feeder

You can also do this with a pine cone, a soft pretzel or a corn husk.

After making your bird feeder, you can have your own bird count. Tally and research all of the different birds you see at the bird feeder.

Bosque del Apache Bird Watching

9 02 2011

In December, we learned about the annual Christmas Bird Count. This winter, one of the Museum’s staff members went on a bird watching trip to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in Socorro, New Mexico. Every autumn, tens of thousands of birds migrate south to Socorro to spend the winter in warmer weather. The Wildlife Refuge tracks the types and quantities of birds that visit them every year. See how many different  kinds of birds you can spot  in this slideshow:

Christmas Bird Count- a 111 year tradition!

21 12 2010

Do you know that birdwatchers have been participating in the Christmas Bird Count throughout America for over 100 years? In the late 1880’s it was traditional to hunt birds on Christmas day. Whoever brought home the most birds was the winner.  in 1900 the conservation movement was just beginning and Frank Chapman worried this tradition was contributing to the decline of the bird population. He organized the first Christmas Bird Count as an alternative to hunting.

Today bird watchers from around the country volunteer to observe birds in a specific 15 mile circle for a day in between Dec. 14- Jan. 5.  Their sightings are compiled and used to monitor the population of species and do additional research.

String cheerios onto a string and hang it from a tree branch. Watch birds and see how long it takes them to finish their treat.


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