Go Bird Watching

Birds made out of yarn

One silver lining to the COVID-19 outbreak is that our lack of activity has benefited wildlife and the environment in unanticipated ways - including birds. Scientists have noted that fewer cars and planes makes a quieter soundscape for birds and humans. There may never have been a better time to enjoy birds and to fulfill your "Go Bird Watching" 62 Days 62 Ways square. The beauty of this activity is that you do not even have to leave the comfort of your home - just look out your window! Here are some suggestions to help you get started:





The blue bird's palace by Orianne Lallemand

Inspired by the Russian storytelling tradition, this contemporary fairy tale about a relatable heroine's inner transformation from materialism to gratefulness will captivate readers of all ages. The Blue Bird's Palace has beautiful illustrations. Blue birds have been abundant this Spring! Check out Bird Books for the Young at Heart and other kid-friendly birding titles including emedia

This is my absolute favorite bird book in the world! It is great for all ages. Along with great pictures and descriptions of the birds, it contains an actual recording of the bird's song. You simply find the corresponding number and push a button to access it. It is fantastic! My niece actually carried this book around with her for a whole summer. Check out other birding titles including emedia.

The whole family will enjoy this NOVA documentary about the brainpower of birds. Long mocked as empty-headed, the feathered friends hide surprisingly acute intelligence. But how smart are they? Watch as scientists test avian aptitude and challenge the basic notions of intelligence. Check out other bird movies and emedia.

Head back to the 62 Days of Summer home page for more ways to participate in the summer program!