Tug Hill Bird Quest
An Outdoor Classroom Right in Your Backyard
Have you been watching birds?
The Tug Hill Bird Quest is a fun way for anyone to learn more about the birds that visit our neighborhoods and backyards. It also provides a yearly record of the types and number of birds that are present at bird feeders each May in the Tug Hill region. This event is designed for K-8 classrooms, home schoolers, youth groups, and families that live in the Tug Hill Region.
In 2020, with so many learning and working from home, we opened participation up from our original audience — classroom and homeschool students — to include youth groups, families and others all over Tug Hill with an interest in watching birds at their home feeders. And we are so happy we did - the response has been overwhelming and inspiring!
We’d like to keep the momentum going and encourage more of you to join each year!
Bird Quest is a fun way for anyone to learn more about birds that visit their own backyards. This initiative is designed for K-8 classrooms, home schoolers, scout groups, and families that live in the Tug Hill Region.
Filling the feeder
Female Grosbeak Oriole and Goldfinch
Homeschool Bird Quest
A female Cardinal at a sunflower seed feeder
Brother and sister bird together
Bird Watchers by Emmanuel Vaucher
Here's How It Works
- Participants record the bird species, and how many of each are seen at a bird feeder during the designated week of observation, usually the third week of May.
- Bird seed and feeders are provided free of charge (as available) to each classroom, home school, or group. THTLT provides a tally sheet for you to complete and return, as well as a host of helpful resources.
- A complimentary copy of the Tug Hill Guide to the Natural Side naturalist book.
- To give birds time to notice and start using new or repurposed feeders, we recommend hanging feeders and consistently stocking them with food no later than 2 weeks prior to the official observation week.
- Download the Backyard Activities PDF for lots of lessons and activity ideas related to bird watching!
Taking a break from focusing on being inside, and turning your attention outside to bird watching gives you a fun opportunity to engage with nature. It shows you something beyond yourself, and can help inspire a lifelong love of learning and observing wildlife.
At the end of the official observation week, participants send us their tally sheets and we compile their findings. The Bird Quest connects kids with nature and is easy to incorporate into any classroom or home setting!
Here's How To Participate..
Register your team here:
Have questions or are interested in participating:
Please give Lin Gibbs, our Community Programs Director a call at 315-779-2239 or email her at email@example.com.
Want to watch birds live on camera?
The bird feeding station at Cornell University’s Sapsucker Woods facility near Ithaca, NY is live with sound!
Go see who's there now: allaboutbirds.org/cams/cornell-lab-feederwatch/