Students build a birdhouse to attract common bird species to their homes.
Birds, like all animals, have specific needs for survival. In a city, birds may find water in puddles or in a pond. They may make their home out of a hole in a tree, or they may create a nest out of bits of hair or fabric they find in a yard. Having a bird feeder to watch is a great way of bringing different bird species into your backyard. Creating a birdfeeder might also help birds find food during times of year when finding food is difficult (such as winter).
- Keep a journal of animal sightings.
- In the spring, help birds find nesting material. Put out short pieces of pet or human hair, string and yarn in an onion bag or in a small basket. Keep the pieces shorter than 5 cm so birds don’t get tangled.
What To Do
Preparation: Trays with shortening and trays of birdseed should be prepared in advance.
- Tie string/pipecleaner onto pinecone.
- Roll pinecone in shortening (hint: the more shortening on the pinecone, the more seeds will stick to it, so try to encourage students to coat their entire pinecone in shortening).
- Roll pinecone in seeds.
- Place pinecone feeders in a small plastic bag for transporting home.