Monday, June 11, 2012

Everyday Science and Bird Watching

As a homeschooler, I love what I call “Everyday Science”.  It’s the science that’s all around us, all the time...

One of my favorite “Everyday Sciences” is bird study.  We live in an area that is semi-wooded, with mature trees, so we see lots of different birds all year round.  Our first foray into this wonderful world of winged creatures was simply learning to identify the birds that we would see in our trees, or on our walks around our town.  We have since graduated on to looking at migration and habitat maps, and also keeping track of who’s here when.

Speaking of keeping track, a cherished activity that is under this umbrella is participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count through the Audubon Society and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  Simply set up a bird feeder in your backyard, or on your deck or balcony, then identify who visits and how many friends they bring with them.  What a great math activity, too!

What’s that?  You don’t have a bird feeder?!

Backyard Chirper is an excellent resource for you.  They have a huge selection of bird feeding products, and also bird baths, bird houses, and other fun gardening accessories.

One of the greatest parts of the website is their learning center.  Maybe you’ve never bird watched a day in your life.  I didn’t before we lived in this house.  Now you’d like to share in the joy of learning with your children.  The resources here are just so helpful!  You can learn how to attract many different bird species, the importance of bird baths, and also about butterfly gardens.  Backyard Chirper also carries DVD’s and CD’s as well as birding guidebooks.

Whether you need help with a purchase, have questions about an order, or just need information about their products, their friendly staff is knowledgeable about their product line and can help you pick the perfect product for your home.  In fact, they offer a 30-day money back guarantee (some exclusions apply – see website for details).

Use the warm summer days to explore the feathered friends in your neighborhood.  Visit Backyard Chirper today, and get started on a new adventure – bird watching!

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