Tuesday, 21 May 2013

The Great, Spring, Bird Migration!


The Spark:
Can you guess what is becoming one of the fastest growing outdoor activities in recent years?  Birding!  It's great family fun and once you start birding you will surly be hooked for life.  Make a plan with your family and friends.  For this birding quest we will be taking advantage of the great, spring, bird migration.  Incase you haven't noticed, the birds are returning from warmer places.  The early morning serenade of birds is in full swing.  The earlier you wake up, the more birds you will see, and the more bird songs you will hear.  It is nothing short of fantastic.  Encore, encore!

Here is your quest in a nutshell:  The great, spring, bird migration is now in full swing.  For each species of bird, there is an optimal time for them to arrive in their breeding areas.  Usually, they tend to nest in the same areas where they nested the years before.  The stronger males arrive first and stake out their prime territory.  When the females arrive, they choose to mate with the males that occupy the best habitats for raising young.  Then, both male and female birds must construct a nest, incubate eggs, and raise their brood.  That's one mean feat!

But, in order for us to gain a deeper appreciation of these tiny travellers, whose lives extend way beyond the maps in our field guides, we need to help restore bird habitats and what better place to start but our own backyard?

Interested?
Are you interested in birding during the great, spring, bird migration and beyond?  Calling all Super Natural Superheroes to ACTIVATE!  Let's create a bird friendly sanctuary in our backyards to encourage birds to stay a while.  As always, you should start your quest by asking the question WHY??

Start Your Quest:
Why:  To create a wildlife refuge in you backyard that especially attracts birds.
What:  To provide food, water, cover, and a place for birds to raise their young.
When:  As soon as you can get yourself organized.
Who: You, your family, and friends.
Where:  In your own backyard.
How:  Find out below.  It's a S.N.CH., or is it?

Take Action:

Interesting fact:  Did you know that birds are one of the only wild animals that most people see everyday?


1.  Provide cover and places to raise their young:  Birds require places to hide in order to feel safe from people, places and inclement  weather.  Birds need a sheltered place to raise their offspring.


2.  Provide food sources naturally by plants or through supplemental feeders:  Birds, like all living beings, need food to survive and thrive.  You can also provide supplemental feeders.



3.  Provide a water source:  Birds need clean water sources for drinking, bathing, and reproduction.  Water sources may be natural or man made.



4.  Poetry and the morning serenade of birds:  When you plan your foray into the wild during the morning serenade performed by the multitude of birds in your area, why not create some poetry?  To create your poem write down the first thing that comes to your mind after reading each of the following questions:

The Morning Serenade of Birds:

a)  Where are you?
b)  What is the weather like and how is it affecting you?
c)  What can you smell, hear, touch, see?
d)  What kind of melody are the birds singing?
e)  If birds could speak, what would they be saying to one another through their song?
f)  Guess how many birds are singing at one time?
g)  How do you feel?

Don't Stop Here:
Birds are fascinating creatures!  Keep on researching and finding out more about birds in your area.  Who knows, they may become one of your great passions in life, and it may have started right here on this birding quest.

Quest Check: 
We are extremely interested in keeping you extremely interested in finding out more about and playing in nature.  Keep checking back with us on a regular basis to see if your interests match our quests. 

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