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We love natural history in the River Houses, and we think bird study in particular is one of the best educational activities you can encourage in a homeschool environment. It can be as elementary or as advanced as you wish, it teaches a wide range of facts and skills, and it can be done at all times of year and just about anywhere. There’s no better way for beginners to get started with bird study than through a big annual event coming up in February: the Great Backyard Bird Count, sponsored by Cornell University.
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 (14–17 February 2020), and then submit your list to the GBBC website. Your counts will be combined with thousands of others to generate a snapshot of bird distribution around the world — in other words, your own homeschool observations will become part of a real international scientific project.
Please join in! On the GBBC website you can print out a beautiful bird-count poster — just the thing to display on your homeschool bulletin board.
How many birds will you find?
❡ 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. 🦉
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