Wild Wonders: Feeding Our Feathered Friends

Bird Snack Garland (Pre-K to 2nd Grade)

Tools:

  • 3’ length of jute cord, yarn or string
  • O shaped breakfast cereal (3-5 cups)

Before You Explore:

Do all birds eat the same food? Do all birds eat seeds? Discover more about Feeding Wild Birds – from this cool slideshow (K-2) https://bit.ly/37whm21 from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (the study of birds!). Use “presentation mode” when viewing.

Connect with Nature:

  • Collect your string and cereal, and ask an adult helper (if needed) to tie a knot around one of the cereal pieces at the end on the string.
  • Lace the jute through each O, creating a natural garland.
  • Do you have anything else at home to add to your garland that the birds might like? Keep in mind, birds need healthy treats like fruit, nuts, and grains (just like you!).
  • Hang your garland in a spot where you can observe the birds munching on their new fall snack.

Dive Deeper!

  • Now that you know more about birds in your area and what they like to eat, try building a special feeder for a bird you’ve seen at your home (on the slideshow https://bit.ly/37whm21, visit slide 36 to get started!) 
  • Test your knowledge of birds, their adaptations and what they eat by playing the “What’s for Dinner?” interactive game: http://projectbeak.org/adaptations/beaks_test.htm

Biodegradable Bird feeder (3rd to 5th Grade +)

Tools:

  • 4, 2’ lengths of jute cord (2 per orange half)
  • 1 orange
  • Spoon & sharp knife (adult helper)
  • bird seed

Before You Explore:

How many different shapes of bird beaks can you think of?

What food does that bird eat?

Watch this cool slideshow from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to explore the world of bird beaks! https://bit.ly/3dSezBt

Connect with Nature:

  • With a sharp knife cut the orange in half and scoop out the inside flesh.
  • Make 4 small holes with your knife around the orange rind, spaced equally around. Holes should be about ½ inch below the edge.
  • String a length of jute through one hole and across coming out the hole on the other side, repeat with the second string making an X in the middle of each orange.
  • Tie the 4 jute strings together at the top, and fill the orange cup with seed.
  • Hang from a sturdy branch outside and see who arrives to munch!

Dive Deeper!