An Odd Bird

Songbirds are declining in numbers due to a variety of issues, including loss of habitat, pollution, pesticides, and climate change. Other than avoiding pesticides, I decided one simple way to help is to keep a feeder with birdseed in my front yard. But as you can see, I’ve attracted a rather large, flightless bird. I don’t mind feeding the deer as well as squirrels and chipmunks, but right now I appear to be feeding only deer because they eat all the seed. My current solution: I’ve ordered safflower seed, which deer find bitter but birds love. To help students notice the songbirds around them, have each child fill out this bird-watching chart. It’s a great summer activity!

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