Thursday, February 22, 2018

February is Bird-Feeding Month - Make a Fun, Simple Bird Feeder!

Yesterday I heard, for the first time in a long time, birds singing outside my window. Since I live in Michigan and snow is known to show up even in the Month of May, it is possible winter will yet return, but today the snow is melted, it is supposed to be warm . . . relatively speaking in the 40's, so I'm ready to think thoughts of Spring!

With these "Spring thoughts" and hopes in my mind, I was surprised to read the following . . . "(Birds) are coming back to their spring and summer time hunting grounds to mate, lay their eggs, and begin the long preparation for the long journey south again. Bird-Feeding Month reminds us sometimes they come back a bit early, and they’ve just finished a long journey. Bird-Feeding Month was established in 1994 by John Porter, a man who so cared about the health and welfare of the birds he read a resolution into the Congressional record. 'I would like to recognize February, one of the most difficult months in the United States for wild birds, as National Bird-Feeding Month.'"

If you want to enjoy identifying birds in your yard - and even going on a camera bird hunt with your grandchildren, check out this website for help identifying birds and resources to help you learn about your feathered neighbors! You will also find some fun bird quizzes, flash cards and more to help you and your grandchildren learn about wild birds.

As you find and identify birds, be sure to talk with your grandchildren about how God created all the birds and take time to thank Him for your favorites!

Plus, if you would like a simple project you could use with your grandchildren to help them show care for wild birds, gather pipe cleaners, round cereal and let them string the cereal on the pipe cleaners. Twist the ends of the pipe cleaners to make rings and hang on branches and bushes - the birds will enjoy the cereal treat!


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