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.
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.
These birds are put into cloth bags and hung by the corresponding number of the net where they were caught.
Then, each bird is taken out to do the following:
- tag (if not tagged already)
- weigh and measure
Look how the little guys are weighted. (Photo below.)
Wings are measured like this:
What kind of bird is this? (I can’t remember!)
My kids recorded all this information for the staff member.
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.
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.
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