This homeschool mom’s guide to the Great Backyard Bird Count includes resources to jump right in and enjoy this citizen science project. Such fun for homeschool families!
A Homeschool Mom’s Guide to The Great Backyard Bird Count
First, take a look at this overview of the Great Backyard Bird Count with resources. It’s everything you need to get started. There is even a quick video showing how to participate. There are printable checklists and details on turning in your bird count results at Birdcount.org.
What Is The Great Backyard Bird Count?
Each February, for four days, the world comes together for the love of birds. Over these four days we invite people to spend time in their favorite places watching and counting as many birds as they can find and reporting them to us. These observations help scientists better understand global bird populations before one of their annual migrations.Birdcount.org
Including The Great Backyard Bird Count in Your Homeschool Day
Really, all you need is a curiosity for the birds in your very own backyard. Here is an example of how we started a homeschool day with the Great Backyard Bird Count.
One of our favorite things to do each morning is to pull up the blinds in our family room and watch the birds at the feeder. At day break, noon and around 3 pm are the best times for bird watching in our backyard.
Fill your Bird Feeders Before the Day Or the Morning You Plan to Participate
Over the weekend we made sure the feeders were full and the suet was squished into the holes 🙂
Count Backyard Birds You See
So, this morning, we pulled up the blinds, rearranged the couch so it faced the window and we counted. I set the timer and we saw these birds in the fifteen minutes we watched:
- 6 chipping sparrows
- 1 brown-headed nuthatch
- 1 mourning dove
- 1 carolina chickadee
- 1 crow (in the far part of the backyard)
- 1 red-bellied woodpecker
We have so enjoyed the birds this winter. Since we have had measurable snow a few times, we’ve noticed something. We see more birds when it snows! And they are birds we don’t normally see. So here are a few more observations from snow days.
- 2 pair of male and female cardinals, perched and waiting their turn for the feeder
- red-bellied woodpecker
- downy woodpecker
- white-breasted nuthatch
- beautiful little, bright-yellow pine warblers
Plus, the white snow highlights the beautiful colors of the birds we saw on snow days. (I love to photograph them too!)
Turn in Your Results to Birdcount.org
Be sure to share your bird list results at birdcount.org/participate.
It goes without saying that birdwatching is one of our absolute favorite family nature studies. The Bird Song books are always close and I love that the children know the common feeder bird calls.
What winter birds are you seeing at your feeder?
You might also like these Homeschool Bird Resources:
- Great Backyard Bird Count Homeschool Resources: Everything You Need to Know!
- The Great Backyard Bird Count Homeschool – by the authors at The Curriculum Choice
- Simple Heart Shaped Bird Feeder – fun to make with supplies you likely have on hand
- Homeschool Bird Study with Chalk Pastels – such fun to learn about John James Audubon and more!
- FREE Bird-Themed Coloring Pages for Learning Bible verses
First published February 2011 and updated 2024