Monday, March 25, 2013

B is for BIRDS: Free Ornithology Resources

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The timing of this post just happened to fit so well with the Blogging Through the Alphabet series.  Elliott and I were doing some bird watching last week, but I quickly realized I don't know enough species to be of any help to him.

So in our quest for more information about our visitors, I stumbled across some really neat free educational resources for birds!  The Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton Burgess is part of Ambleside Online Year 1 Science, but since not all of the chapters are covered in the curriculum, I thought we should start this spring so we can cover more species.  I also figured I better look up some resources to make our nature study more interesting and informative.  I've compiled this list of free ornithology resources, and I thought I might share them, in case anyone else is interested.  (If not, I still have it for myself all in one place!)  Most of these are backyard birds, as that will be our focus.  However, there are a few other types of birds in these resources.  I'll be looking to add more since we are thinking about visiting an aviary in a couple months.

photo taken at Parrot Mountain

Burgess Bird Book Resources
The Burgess Bird Book for Children Kindle edition is free
The Burgess Bird Book for Children audio recording from Librivox
Satori Smiles has a Burgess Bird Book Companion
Montessori cards for the Burgess Bird Book

Identification, Pictures and Songs
All About Birds is a fantastic identification resource
North American Birds Photography has nice photographs for viewing
North American Bird Sounds has songs, calls and even wing flaps of birds
A fantastic day-by-day photographic journey from egg to robins!

Lessons and Activities
Bird Sleuth  has free K-12 resources for teachers and home educators
The National Bird Feeding Society has a section for to conservation and education
Birds from Handbook of Nature Study
Backyard Birds Lap - n - Note from Homeschool Share
Homeschool Share has all of their bird units, lapbooks and games on one page

Early Learning
Emory will surely be interested in learning about birds with his brother, so I rounded up a few early learning activities to pick and choose from as well.

Preschool bird printables from Homeschool Creations
Kindergarten Bird Printables from Homeschool Creations
Birds Preschool Pack from 1+1+1=1
N is for Nest from Confessions of a Homeschooler
Birds Eating Worms fine motor activity from Pre-Kinders

Bird Cams
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has several bird cams
The National Conservation Training Center has a Live EagleCam in West Virginia

Worksheets and Coloring Pages
Kidsparkz has a little bit of everything
Cornell offers a very nice coloring book with many common birds
Montessori Print Shop offers a couple of free bird resources
State symbols, with activity and coloring pages for each state's bird
Bird Watching Bliss offers free coloring pages
Free Printable Coloring Pages has cartoon bird coloring pages for fun

Art, Crafts and Handicrafts
Hodgepodge has chalk pastel tutorials for a bird's nest and several types of birds
Deep Space Sparkle offers numerous bird art projects
Winter Food Cake recipe for birds
Bird Crafts for kids
Crafts and Learning Activities for young children

Do you know of any quality resources that I should add?

This post is part of Marcy's Blogging Through the Alphabet, so be sure to find out what fantastic "B" topics others are sharing!

Blogging Through the Alphabet

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  1. Thanks for all the amazing resources. Stopping by from Blogging through the Alphabet linky. I'm your newest follower.


  2. Thanks for visiting my blog today. Looks like a lot of us had Birds on our minds. Looking forward to visiting with the Blogging Through the Alphabet series.

  3. Amazing list!!! Can't wait to use these too. I was just looking at Ambleside online this weekend myself ;) Have a great day!

    1. I am excited to start Ambleside Online with my son. He loves, loves, LOVES nature study, and since Year 1 science covers birds, I thought we'd go all out and really enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by!