Wild Wonders: Amazing Birds

Eagle Eye Binoculars

Tools:

Before You Explore:

Did you see a bird today?

Do you have a favorite bird?

What colors are the birds you see?

Connect with Nature:

  • Take your piece of paper and fold it in half the long way.
  • Roll the paper from the end making it into a tube. Then unroll and re-roll from the other end. Now your paper should want to keep a roll shape.
  • Roll the paper from one end about 2 inches in and secure with a paper clip at the top and bottom to form one side of your binoculars. Repeat with the other end again securing with the other 2 paperclips.
  • Make a small hole on either side of your binoculars with scissors or a hole punch.
  • Tie the yarn onto each hole to make a lanyard to hang around your neck.
  • Go outside and start exploring with your binoculars! What can you see?
  • Ask your adult to hide the bird pictures from your kit outside in trees and bushes and event on the ground far away. Can you can find them by looking through your new binoculars? Now you find them, and have your adult try to find them!
  • Can see any wild birds?

Dive Deeper!

Who is that bird? Check out this cool slideshow to learn how to identify birds in your neighborhood: https://bit.ly/2Ix6u9O!


Building Like Birds & Dissecting Nests

Tools:

  • Natural materials found in your backyard, local park or nearby trail.

Before You Explore:

Watch “Nature Moments – Dissecting a Bird Nest”: https://bit.ly/32FcsfC

What do birds build their nests out of? What materials might you need to build a nest? Do you think you could build a nest as strong as a bird can?

Connect with Nature:

  • Start by searching for nest materials outdoors. Some things birds like to use are dried grass, sticks, twigs, leaves, rocks, birchbark, pine needles, moss, etc.
  • Once you have a good range of building materials it’s time to think about nest design. Birds will often use strong things like twigs and mud on the outside of their nests and line the inside with soft materials like grass, pine needles, or lint to make it cozy.
  • Shaping the nest can be challenging. Start with small pieces and try fitting them together.
  • Once you are done building, test the strength of your nest. Find a few small pebbles and place them inside. Would your nest hold eggs? Would it survive a small gust of wind? What about a huge storm?

Dive Deeper!

It’s hard to mimic nature. Think of being a bird, and making a nest with only your mouth! It’s a perfect time of year to dissect a nest and learn more about its construction. Look in bare trees and bushes for abandoned nests, take one home and slowly pick away at it to discover this incredible wonder of nature.