Feed the Birds

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Learners construct a bird feeder from re-used materials. After hanging their feeder, they keep a journal about what birds visit the feeder. Learners will discover the diversity of their local bird population as they observe birds eating. Learners will play close attention to the different sizes, shapes, feather colors, beaks, and habits of their local birds. This resource includes tips on how to attract more or fewer birds to the feeder.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 4 weeks

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • milk or juice carton or a 2-liter soda bottle
  • 12" piece of string or cord
  • scissors
  • nail file or emery board
  • bird food (e.g. black-oil sunflower seeds)
  • place to hang bird feeder where it can be observed
  • journal materials


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Populations
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Collection
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Ology


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