Bird Feeders and Winter Bird Count

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The colder months are a great time to focus on seed-eating birds like those below.  Ask children which they can identify (perhaps printing out individual images of birds first).  Compare their beaks.  Explain migration and ask which of these birds they think migrated to their area and which they see all year round.  Ask why birds might migrate.

Make a simple bird feeder to attract and track these birds: 

1. Set up a box of pine cones with 20" lengths of yarn or sturdy string.  You may want to pre-tie on string for little ones.  Our pine cones were collected from a classmate's yard.

2. Using the back of a spoon (plastic is fine), rub the pine cone all over with vegetable shortening.  (The bars are easier to work with, but cost more.)

3. Roll pine cone in shallow tray of seeds.

4. Place pine cone in paper bag with data sheet.  Have children write their name on their bags.  We had the class of 25 make theirs four at a time while the others worked on our cardinal art project.

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