Looking for a great way to engage your students? Have them join the 2017 Bird Quest! A fun way for students to learn more about the birds that may be visiting their backyards, this year marks the 17th Annual Bird Quest. We are interested in engaging K-8 classrooms, and home school students that live in the Tug Hill region. In past years many local classrooms have participated!
You may be wondering, what does the Bird Quest entail?
- Students and teachers record the bird species, and number of times they visit a bird feeder during the week of May 22-26.
- The bird seed and feeders are provided free of charge to each classroom or home school family. Data sheets are provided by THTLT that you fill out and then send back to us.
- A complimentary copy of the Tug Hill Guide to the Natural Side naturalist book.
- To make sure the birds know the feeders are there, we recommend teachers hang up the feeders 2-3 weeks in advance.
- Teachers are also given lesson plans and materials to help them incorporate the Bird Quest into their lessons. You can download the Bird Quest Educational Outline and Backyard Activities pdf’s to begin brainstorming!
Taking a break from focusing on being inside, and turning their attention outside to birds migrating back during the spring gives students a fun opportunity to engage with nature. It shows them something beyond themselves and can help inspire a lifelong love of learning and observing wildlife.
At the end of this teachers send us their data sheets and we will compile their findings. The Bird Quest is a low-pressure activity, and is easy to incorporate into any classroom!
Please give Lianna Lee, our Community Programs Manager a call at 315-779-2239 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating!
Special thanks to these local businesses that have generously provided bird feeders and seed for the Bird Quest last year: