As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Fellow homeschoolers, fellow admirers of birds...

this post is for you! 

On Sunday, our little group will once again press our noses and/or binoculars to the window panes in search of our feathered friends.  For a mere 15 minutes, we will watch and count and record all of the birds that we can see in our backyard.  We will have some field guides (and Kati) handy, to assist us in identifying the species.  Then we'll enter our data on the GBBC web site, and we will have had a quick and easy science lesson, and we will have aided the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada in the gathering of important information.  

As part of our bird theme for the day, we will also guide the children in dissecting an owl pellet.  (Some are more excited than others.)  We will label our disposable cups with different bird names.  We will listen to some bird calls on CD.  We may even eat some bird-shaped cookies. 

(Think we can do this, Kati?!)

On Monday, I will have Bekah return to the web site to peruse some of the data, look at some maps, see how many birders have reported from our area, perhaps play some games or solve some puzzles.  We may even observe for another 15-minute session. 

Of course, all you really need to do is count birds for 15 minutes, and log your data.  If you'd like to join the thousands in North America who are participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count, then just fly on over to ~this link~ and find out how!


  1. This sounds so interesting. Our local news had a short piece on it a few days ago. Thing is, I've seen 0 birds. A crow once in a while. Hope that you have a lot of fun with this one. Those cookies look, uh, ambitious!

  2. That looks like fun. We would have to divide up our 'yard' as we have 4 acres....I am going to check it out though.

    Thanks for letting us know!


    ps - if Kati can make those cookies, she should start her own business!

  3. We're in! We love birds and use any excuse to include them in our studies. As for the owl pellets... ah rats. It seems that somebody threw away the ones that have been living in a brown paper bag in the cupboard just waiting for biology mama to show up. She never did, just merry maid mama! But cookies? Maybe... :)

    Blessings, Debbie

  4. I forgot to mention that Larry is at Cory's last basketball game and I have a nice pot of baked potato soup waiting for him! Thanks again.



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