Updated for 2018
Here’s an event that will help your children explore math, science, and the environment right in your own backyard. It’s the Great Backyard Bird Count, an annual event where citizens take 15 minutes to count birds. This year’s count is going on February 16th-19th. It would be a great activity for President’s Day.
The official website has printable sheets to help you identify the flying friends who visit you. When you’re finished, you can upload your results, which will be used by scientists and researchers around the world. What a cool way to be part of something big without leaving home!
I know you’re thinking it must be more complicated, but it’s really not: Count, Tally, Submit! You can get all the scoop at the website. Be sure to check out the kids’ section, too! Lots of great stuff for teachers and homeschoolers. If you really want to make it an occasion, get some friends together and have a bird themed celebration. I’ll take any excuse to eat deviled eggs.
You’re asked to count for at least 15 minutes one or more days. You’re asked to submit a checklist for each day, or each spot, if you choose to count in multiple locations. Oh, and if you want to tell your kids that they need to count longer…..well, I promise not to tell