By: Shirley Farrell
Summer is coming and school will be out. Now is the time to observe the birds in your environment, whether it is your backyard, front yard, or neighborhood park. Go to the web site to download your bird journal to keep track of your observations. Go to http://www.birminghamaudubon.org/education/youngbirders and scroll to the Downloadable activity sheets. The bird journal is the first download.
Sketch the birds you see, record the characteristics of the birds, and write about the bird behaviors. Create stories and poetry. Send your original work to Birmingham Audubon Society to be published in Kid's Corner.
Three students from Clay-Chalkville High School have submitted a story and/or pictures to share with you.
The Woodpecker by Ethan, age 16.
Ha Ha! I'm Ethan Woodpecker. Where do I live? In a bush by Mrs. Manley's room. In the woods I fly away to a tree listening for bugs. When I hear some, Tap Tap Tap - I make some holes, stick my sticky tongue in a hole, and slurp up some bugs. I love it when people put peanut butter on pine cones. I love being a woodpecker!
Eric, Age 16
Torran, Age 16
Torran, Age 16
We are looking for artists and writers:
Do you have any suggestions as to what you would like to read about in Kid's Corner? Send your ideas to:
Birmingham Audubon Society
Attn: Kids Corner
P.O. Box 314
Birmingham, AL 35201
Send us your pictures, journal pages, stories and poems about birds, nature, wildlife, etc.
If selected, your original work will be published in the Flicker Flashes newsletter.
Downloadable activity sheet:
Great Blue Heron
Oil and Bird Feathers Don't Mix
Summer Birding Activity
Valentine for Birds
Links to online educational games:
Bird Migration Game
Student takes a quiz about migration. Each correct answer helps the bird reach its destination.
Mission: Migration Game
Student chooses a flock of birds to help migration through man-made and natural situations. Through this game you will see how your everyday choices can affect the migration of birds.
Great Lakes Kids Migration Game
This is an online board game for up to four players. Each player chooses a bird and then the computer rolls the die and moves the "bird icons" for you. The screen will tell you which card to take for additional moves. This game moves a little slow.
This game allows you to test your observation skills. The object of the game is to find the small differences in each pair of photos.