Bird House Projects

May 22, 2011

One fun weekend project you could have with your young family members – if you are in the Reno/Sparks, NV area – is to make a bird house from an ‘easy’ (or a ‘more complex’) bird house kit available for purchase at Rail City Garden Center at 1720 Brierley Way in Sparks. They also had a blog post on building bird houses. Here is some on-line help from Birdwatching-Bliss and kits from Bird Watching Now.

Check out other ideas and activities to do with kids on by the author of the award-winning children’s book Grandpa, Do It! I Do It, Too!

Heron Stakes Out His Boat

May 4, 2011

Grandpa Ron and I have to laugh at this Heron who visits this boat more often than the real owner does. Here is his normal stakeout spot in the marina. Then I took a closer and closer photo. It is not like I have to be quick about it! He stays there for hours! We think he’s a Great Blue Heron. Can anyone confirm or correct us?

Check out ideas and activities to do with kids on by the author of the award-winning children’s book Grandpa, Do It! I Do It, Too!

Brown Pelicans get help from Humans

January 26, 2010

People aren’t the only ones inconvenienced or bothered by this last series of rain storms. Several (30 in 48 hours!) brown pelicans were dazed and confused. They had lost their protective waterproof coating probably thanks to storm drain runoff. Luckily they were rescued by the International Bird Rescue Research Center in San Pedro, CA last Thursday. Here is the Long Beach Press-Telegram story by Sandy Mazza called Storm-buffeted pelicans recuperating in San Pedro. By 7 pm on Friday they had 60 pelicans with another 20 on their way from Santa Barbara to their facility in San Francisco Bay.

Here is a KCBS 2 news video about the birds being rescued and rehabilitated at the San Pedro International Bird Rescue Research Center.

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Here’s 5 Ways to Bird Watch With Kids!

December 3, 2009

The Duncraft Facebook page referred to this blog on 5 Ways to Winter Bird Watch with Kids which has super suggestions. Check it out!

I have other birding blogs and other child activities at 🙂

A New Family Hobby – Birdwatching!

September 25, 2009 is a great site to learn all about birdwatching. They blogged a great article about birdwatching as a family hobby. From Bird watching is growing in popularity as a hobby that gets people outdoors and increases appreciation of nature, as well as being a great stress reliever. This blog will help you to be equiped with all you need to enjoy this great recreational pastime. Also, here is an article explaining the ten steps to identify a bird from the Wild Bird Blog.

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