Aside from trips to the library, museums, theater and pool, it can be difficult to find interesting activities to keep kids entertained. Now might be the time to introduce them to the birds!
Feeding birds can be entertaining as well as educational. Begin by trying to identify the birds in your yard. Help kids look through a birding book. We have one popular Birds of Michigan field guide that is easy for beginning bird watchers. It is organized by the color of the bird. Simply remember the color of the bird and turn to that section to see the choices.
To get a closer look at the birds set up a window feeder or choose a simple feeder that’s easy to fill and clean. Birds don’t like to eat from dirty plates. It’s important to teach kids that a clean feeder helps keep the birds healthy. Wild Birds Unlimited - East Lansing also has the freshest seed that is blended to attract the widest variety of birds.
Or take the Olympic Games Challenge
Birds vs. Humans
Birds have many special adaptations to help them live their lives. Some birds can fly long distances; some can dive deep into the ocean while others can run really fast.
How would you match up with birds in an Olympic Games challenge? Compare your best to the best that birds have to offer in the following categories:
A White Pelican has a wingspan of 8-9 feet, a Bald Eagle has a wingspan of 6-7 feet!
• I have a wingspan* of ____feet ____inches.
*Stretch your arms as wide apart as possible and have someone measure distance between the tip of your longest finger on each hand.
In 10 seconds, a hummingbird beats its wings 700 times!
• I can flap my wings (arms) _________ times in 10 seconds.
An owl can stare for hours while hunting for prey!
• I can stare for _______minutes without blinking.
4. HOLDING BREATH
A cormorant dives deep in search of fish. It can hold its breath for about 15 minutes (900 seconds).
• I can hold my breath for _______seconds.
At over 40 pounds, the Trumpeter Swan is North America's heaviest bird! The Australian Ostrich weighs in at over 250 pounds!
• I weigh _______pounds.
The Australian Ostrich is almost 9’ tall!
• I am _______tall.
A Greater Roadrunner can run at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour!
I can run ______ miles/hour. (use the chart below to determine your speed)
Run 60 feet and check calculations.
3.0 secs = 13.6 Miles/hour
4.0 secs = 10.2 Miles/hour
5.0 secs = 8.2 Miles/hour
6.0 secs = 6.8 Miles/hour
7.0 secs = 5.8 Miles/hour
8.0 secs = 5.1 Miles/hour
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