This patch and all program supplies are available from our partner site MakingFriends®.com.
Suggested Group Craft
Cold weather is the time for us to take better care of our feathered friends with things like these Cardboard Tube Bird Feeders. They are inexpensive and easy to make so have the kids make a lot of them and watch the birds flock to your yards.
Requirement 1: Learn It!
The United States chose a bald eagle to represent our country. Each state has chosen a bird to represent it. Any person, group, or business can suggest a state bird or suggest to change the bird. The state’s government must approve the choice. Birds are chosen for a variety of reasons including their color and song. Hawaii is the only state to choose an endangered bird.
- Which one represents your state?
- Have you ever seen one?
- Look online to listen to your state bird.
- Have you ever heard one?
Requirement 2: See It!
The best place for beginners to go bird watching is right in their own backyard. With young children you might want to start by watching through a window so the birds aren’t scared away. If possible have binoculars and photos of birds commonly found in your area. Even better, consider downloading the Audubon Bird Guide free app to help you identify the birds you see. If possible, take photos of any birds you see to look at later.
- Did you see any birds?
- Did you see your state bird?
- Were you able to identify any of the birds you saw?
You can also watch birdcams from around the world.
Requirement 3: Do It!
Attracting birds to your yard can be fun and educational. More important, birds also help to control the bug population and pollinate flowers. During harsh winters, birds may have a difficult time finding food especially when there is snow on the ground. You can make your own bird feeder, purchase bird feeders or even make a bird garden.
Participate in a bird feeder project. Here are some ideas:
- Where will you be feeding birds?
- What kind of birds are there?
- What will you feed these birds? Safe Food for Birds
- How will you feed these birds? Feeding Common Birds
Requirement 4: Review It!
Download the optional review sheet for younger achievers.
- Do you consider your bird feeder a success?
- Would you do it again?
- What would you do different next time?
Why do you think the birds needed food?
- How was the weather?
- Did they have a safe place to eat?
- Was there enough food?
- Can you think of anything else that could be improved for birds?
Congratulations you have earned the Feeding The Birds patch! The patch can be purchased from our partner site MakingFriends®.com.
Does this give you some ideas for earning the Sanctuary Volunteer patch?
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