Bird Quest

Bird Quest

An Outdoor Classroom and in Your Backyard

Looking for a great way to engage your students?

Have them join the Tug Hill Bird Quest! A fun way for students to learn more about the birds that may be visiting their backyards. We are interested in engaging K-8 classrooms, and home school families 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 a common, designated week of observation.
  • 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 Backyard Activities PDF to begin brainstorming!

Outdoor Classroom

Taking a break from focusing on being inside, and turning their attention outside to bird watching 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 the official observation week, teachers send us their data sheets and we will compile their findings. The Bird Quest connects kids with nature and is easy to incorporate into any classroom!

Learn how to get started...

Please give Linda Gibbs, our Community Programs Director a call at 315-779-2239 or email her at if you are interested in participating!

Learn More. Download these Activities...

Special thanks to these local businesses who have generously provided bird feeders and seed for the Bird Quest: