This resource contains five activities to help students develop into young birders. Students will explore bird classification by sorting and categorizing birds, and use the free Cornell Lab Merlin Bird ID app to support bird identification. The Merlin Bird ID app allows users to either take a photo of a bird or follow a step-by-step process to select options based on observed identification features. These two identification options let students practice bird identification by examining key identification features in birds.
Students will then have the chance to assess biodiversity in different habitats, design bird feeders to appeal to a specific species, and participate in a citizen science program.
Citizen Science Bird programs vary by region, but listed below are three examples
Project FeederWatch -This project runs from November to April. Over the course of the winter, participants periodically record the birds they see at their feeders.
The Christmas Bird Count - This project, started in 1900, is North America’s longest-running citizen science project.
The Great Backyard Bird Count - this citizen science project was the first to collect and display online data in near real-time. This project takes place each February
These easy to implement bird activities provide outdoor learning experiences that support science outcomes in grades 3 to 6. The activities provide an excellent introduction to biodiversity and bird identification.
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