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Kids Pages

Birds

Our fine feathered friends are fun, fabulous and some are even famous. Luckily, birds of a feather stick together, and they’re really cool to observe and track. Putting out a birdfeeder is a great idea for birdwatchers—but you still have to keep the noise down for them to get close. Binoculars sold separately!

Activities

Bird Behavior Bingo.

Go on an Owl Prowl. Invite your parents to go on a night walk. Listen for the classis ‘hoots’ of a great horned-owl or ‘whinny’ of an Eastern screech owl.

Set up a backyard bird-feeding station.

Dissect an owl pellet.

Start a birding life list.

“Take a Backyard Bird Walk” by Jane Kirkland- bird activity book.

 

What to Read

Learn a little more about birds while curling up with a good book.

Stories/novels

  • Kingbird Highway by Kenn Kaufman – Kenn’s autobiography highlighting his big year. A year when he traveled across the US to identify as many bird species as he could.
  • Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams
  • Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding by Scott Weidensaul
  • Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds by Scott Weidensaul
  • Flute’s Journey The Tale of a Wood Thrush by Lynne Cherry
  • Fine Feathered Friends by Dr. Suess
  • Counting is for the Birds by Frank Mazzola, Jr.
  • An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Aston
  • The Feather Club by Beth Erlund
  • The Boy Who Drew Birds- A Story of John James Audubon by Jacqueline Davies
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • A Hummingbird’s Life by Irene Kelly
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  • Eagle Boy: A Pacific Northwest Native Tale by Richard Lee Vaughan

Field Guides

  • Peterson First Guide to Birds
  • Peterson First Guide to Urban Wildlife
  • Golden Guide to Birds
  • NatureSmart
  • A Kid’s First Book of Birdwatching with Bird Song by Scott Weidensaul
  • Birds of Pennsylvania
  • Stokes Field Guide to Birds
  • National Audubon Guide to Mid-Atlantic States
  • National Audubon Society Field Guide to Birds Eastern Region
  • A Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America by Roger Tory Peterson
  • Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America by Kenn Kaufman
  • Sibley Guide to Birds<>/li>
  • How to Spot Hawks & Eagles
  • Peterson Guide to Bird Nests

 

Other Cool Pages

Audubon Adventures

National Audubon Society

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

All About Birds

The National Aviary

Virtual Owl Pellet Dissection

eBird – track what birds are near you or upload the list of birds that you see.

 

State Symbol

Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus)

 

Careers

Exploring Careers Outdoors (ECO) Camp – If you’re a high school and are interested in a career in the natural sciences or conservation ECO Camp is for you. You’ll meet and get to interact with professionals; such as foresters, wildlife biologists, geologists and many others; all while recreating in beautiful state parks. You’ll also be able to choose a mentor. The mentor can help connect you to future camp, volunteer or job opportunities, they could write a letter of recommendation for college or even help you navigate the state hiring process. Apply today!

 

Get Involved

Become a citizen scientist! A citizen scientist is someone just like you, who observe nature, record what they see and then share their information with researchers and professional scientists. The scientists then use your information, and information from thousands of other people, to answer important questions like ‘Are blooming earlier in the spring than they did 10 years ago?’ Use a link below to get started.

Make Your Backyard a Home for Birds:

Become a conservation volunteer