For live links, click to: riverhouses.org/2019-bird-songs 😊
May is Bird Migration Month in the River Houses, so this month, why not try recording some bird songs on your smartphone. If you do a good job, you might win some cool educational prizes.
Cornell University is famous around the world for its Library of Natural Sounds, a unique collection of recordings of birds, mammals, insects, and all kinds of other creatures that make noises in nature. The first recording made for that collection, a singing Song Sparrow, was captured 90 years ago this month.
In honor of this grand audio anniversary, Cornell is inviting people to record a bird song this coming week, between 18–26 May 2019, and submit it online. All submissions will be entered into a drawing, and if your recording is selected as a winner, you could receive a set of professional sound recording equipment, a subscription to their online bird encyclopedia, or a $100 certificate for online nature classes. You can check on all the details and get some sound recording tips here:
- ➔ Snapshot of Sound: Let’s Hear the World Sing! (Cornell University)
Surely this is something a talented homeschool student should win, yes? I certainly think so!
What ornithological discoveries have you made in your homeschool lately? 😊
❡ Books in the running brooks: Our recommended homeschool reference library (riverhouses.org/books) includes an excellent bird guide that would serve your homeschool well. Many other similar guides are also available — find one that’s a good fit for your family and take it with you on all your outings, whether far afield or just out to the backyard. 🦉
❡ Homeschool birds: We think bird study is one of the best subjects you can take up in a homeschool environment. It’s suitable for all ages, it can be made as elementary or as advanced as you wish, and birds can be found just about anywhere at any season of the year. Why not track your own homeschool bird observations on the free eBird website, also sponsored by Cornell University. It’s a great way to learn more about what’s in your local area and about how bird populations change from season to season. 🐦
❡ Nature notes: This is one of our regular Homeschool Natural History posts. Add your name to our free weekly mailing list (riverhouses.org/newsletter) and get more great homeschool teaching ideas delivered right to your mailbox all through the year. 😊