Friday is natural history day in the River Houses. This week: The Great Backyard Bird Count is coming on 16–19 February! How many birds will your homeschool find?
One of our long-term goals for the River Houses homeschooling network is to have a collection of educational projects that members can work on together, wherever they may be across the country. One such project is participation in the Great Backyard Bird Count (birdcount.org), sponsored by Cornell University’s Laboratory of Ornithology.
The idea is simple: just count the birds you see in your backyard (or another single location) for at least 15 minutes on one or more days during the count period (16–19 February), and then submit your list to the GBBC website. Your list will be combined with thousands of others to generate a snapshot of bird distribution around the world. Here are the instructions from the GBBC website:
Please join in! On the GBBC website you can print out a beautiful bird-count poster to share with your friends, and if you join in the count you can print out a great participation certificate—just the thing to proudly display on your homeschool bulletin board.
How many birds will you find?
¶ Books in the running brooks: Our River Houses reference library (riverhouses.org/books) includes an excellent bird guide that would serve your homeschool well. Many other similar guides are also available, of course. Find one that is a good fit for your family and take it with you on all your outings, whether far afield or just to the backyard.