Inspiration for the kids in your life!
Nothing excites us more than introducing kids to nature, and giving names to all of the things they see right outside in their own yards. We all were inspired to notice nature by someone in our lives, whether it was a parent or grandparent, aunt or uncle, or a fun scout leader or teacher.
We’ve been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to bring many kids over the years on our bird walks (with their parents), and we can always tell when “something clicks”. Usually it begins with noticing that all birds do not look alike, nor do they behave the same.
Ever watch a Chickadee on a bird feeder? Their habit is to grab a seed (black oil sunflower is their favorite), fly off and crack it open or cache it. Cardinals? They sit and crack seeds open where they are. Downy Woodpeckers? They often sit on a suet feeder and use their long tongues to grab the high energy food.
Here are a couple of great bird feeders that are inexpensive and will bring the birds right up to your window. Add a simple identification guide, and you’ve got a great science experiment going on right outside your window.
What kind of birds will you see and get to know?