Bird Watch

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In this group or individual activity, learners are encouraged to watch birds near home or school—possibly where birds are nesting in a tree, pecking in a park, feeding from a feeder, or flying through the sky. The PDF provides drawings of the heads and bills of many kinds of birds, under categories including nectar feeding, mud probing, dip netting, scavenging, and raptorial.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 7 days

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Field Trip


Materials List (per student)

  • binoculars (optional)
  • paper and pencil or pen


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Classification
    • Ecology
      • Biodiversity
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • hear
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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