How Birds Connect Kids to Nature

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Affiliate Links Our latest bird activity, bird banding was more up close and hands-on than other activities we’ve done. It was a fabulous way to get outside and excited about animals.

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Bird Activities Connect Kids To Nature

For educational and/or research purposes, staff and volunteers at bird and nature centers catch birds in mesh nets like the ones below.

Easy Way to Connect Kids with Nature: Bird Banding

These birds are put into cloth bags and hung by the corresponding number of the net where they were caught.

Easy Way to Connect Kids To Nature: Bird Banding

Then, each bird is taken out to do the following:

  • identify
  • tag (if not tagged already)
  • weigh and measure

Easy Way to Connect Kids To Nature: Bird Banding

Look how the little guys are weighted. (Photo below.)

Easy Way to Connect with Nature: Bird Banding

Wings are measured like this:

Easy Way to Connect Kids To Nature: Bird Banding

What kind of bird is this? (I can’t remember!)

Easy Way to Connect with Nature: Bird Banding

My kids recorded all this information for the staff member.

Easy Way to Connect Kids To Nature: Bird Banding

Once each bird is done, the birds are laid gently in someone’s hands. They usually fly off within a few seconds. It’s a weird sensation.

Easy Way to Connect with Nature: Bird Banding

We did all this at our local Bird Conservancy of the Rockies near the Audubon Center at Chatfield.

To find your local birding center, try searching bird banding with your state or zip code.

FREE bird coloring page fun bird activities for kidsMore Fun Bird Activities for Kids

build a bird bath
build a bird feeder
watch birds out your window with binoculars (and a good bird identification book)
Great Backyard Bird Count
go on a bird watching hike
learn more about birds with books
bird coloring page (click to open)

Favorite Bird Books for Kids

Birds by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek
A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Sylvia Long 
Beautiful Birds
(alphabet book) by Jean Roussen, illustrated by Emmanuelle Walker
Backyard Birds
by Karen Stray Nolting and Jonathan Latimer
Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen
Beaks! by Sneed B. Collard III, illustrated Robin Brickman
The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon by Jacqueline Davies, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Beginning Birdwatcher’s Book With 48 Stickers by Sy Barlowe
Bird Log Kids by DeAnna Brandt
Bird Bingo by Christine Berrie
Fifty Favorite Birds Coloring Book by Lisa Bonforte

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