Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wacky Week Wednesday – Christmas Bird Count Week 12/15-22

“Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a....”, why, yes, it is a bird. North Americans used to participate in traditional Christmas bird hunts to see who could kill the most birds and small mammals. In 1900, the National Audubon Society proposed that instead of killing birds during the holiday season, people count birds; thus, beginning the Christmas Bird Count. Each team attempts to count, identify, and record all the birds seen in a 15-mile radius on one day. These citizens/scientists teams are making a contribution to conservation. Their information is entered into a database for scientists to monitor bird populations. The census runs every year from December 14 to January 5. Whether you are an experienced bird watcher or a novice volunteer, it doesn't matter; grab your binoculars and go outside. Participation in the bird count is free and open to the public.

And here are two excellent books to get those bird-watching eyes ready:

I love to use different painting implements in my art center, and this is the perfect week to paint with feathers!!

Please check out my Birds Thematic Centers and Worksheets:

and my Birds Count & Clip Cards:

Grab your binoculars and journals, and I will meet you outside!

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