SUPPLIES

  • Toilet roll 

  • Small container (big enough to hold the cylinder)

  • Basic honey 

  • Spoon or spatula for spreading (and have a towel ready for cleaning sticky fingers!)

  • Basic wild bird seed such as rolled oats or cornmeal, unsalted peanuts, unsalted sunflower seeds, raisins or other dried fruit. DO NOT include coconut, salted nuts or bacon.

  • 2’ long string 

  • Scissors

 

Note: another option is to hang a pinecone from a wire coat it in tpeanut butter and roll it in bird seeds.

STEPS

  1. Pour the bird seed into the container.

  2. Holding the toilet roll over the container, carefully apply the honey onto the toilet roll. Spread it around to coat the toilet roll all around the outside. 

  3. Set roll in the container as you roll it to apply the honey. Rotate the toilet roll around to catch as much bird seed with the honey.

  4. Once it’s covered with bird seed, let the roll dry. If you use peanut butter, you can put it in the refrigerator to harden.

  5. Once the roll is dry, cut 2’ section of thread. Feed the thread through the toilet roll and tie a simple knot. It’s ready to be hung! Take note of the different birds that visit your feeder.

bIRDs take flight

The pandemic may have us nesting at home, but the birds are in flight this time of year as they migrate south. See how time flies as we learn about the migration, bird species, and create a bird feeder for our feathered friends.

MAKE A BIRD FEEDER

Every fall, hundreds of species of birds migrate south along four U.S. flyways: the Pacific, Central Mississippi and Atlantic flyways. Which flyway are you on? How many different kids of bird have you seen and what are their names and distinct qualities? Are you able to identify a bird based on its bird call or song? What are their habitats like? What do they eat? Where are they going?

LEARN ABOUT BIRDS

Check out the Oakland Museum of California's Nest in Place, a great collection of bird-themed activities and games. Learn birding tips, how to identify bird sounds, and much more. 

For over 100 years, Audubon has been protecting birds and their habitats. Visit their site to explore the work of Audubon centers and sanctuaries all over the United States. Check out the Audubon Guide to North American Birds and download the free bird guide app. Learn about flyways, the predictable migration flight corridors (there are four in the U.S.)

LIVE BIRD CAMS

Watching live bird cams is a fun way to get up close and observe birds all over the world. Check out these bird cams:

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