The Cabin Path Thursday Home School Workshop "BIRDS"

Thursday Workshop...BIRDS!

Continuing our discussion about how everything in nature is connected, we started our trail walk looking for signs and sounds of birds. We saw nesting Canada geese, a Wood Duck in a hollow tree, a squawking soaring Red Tailed Hawk, a Nuthatch scouting a nesting place, and we stopped to hear the concert of a beautiful male Cardinal. With a threat of rain, the woods seemed to be filled with a chorus of hundreds of songs from every direction.

Collecting materials to test our bird nest building skills, we returned to the Gathering Room as a light rain began to fall. Very creative "birds" began constructing their nests..with a new appreciation for the weaving skills of our feathered friends! We also created new varietes of birds for the new nests!

As we worked, we listened to a CD of bird songs and identified a few of the songs that we had heard. After our birds and nests were built, we shared the stories of our new inventions, and we told a little about their habitats and favorite foods!

A picnic watching the last of the spring showers, and we still listened for the songs in the woods! A fun day at The Cabin Path!

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Comment by Suz Lipman on April 22, 2010 at 3:17pm
This is a really beautiful and inspiring post. Thank you so much for sharing it, Sarah. I hope you're having a great Earth Day at the Cabin Path.
Comment by Sarah Crutchfield on April 10, 2010 at 8:27am
Beth..we started the nest building off with one hand using the thumb and index finger ..like a beak..I also have a collection of old bird nest that show the very artistic weaving to the random, crude stick nest. One nest that has special meaning to me is one I found with Stormy's white hair woven in straw and grasses. Stormy was our old, white Arabian horse that we lost a few years ago to Cushing's disease. Every time I brush the horses, I have a shelf (a Bird Depot!) where I put the excess hair. I also put string and yarn..and even ribbon. It's fun to try and find it later! Most nests I do leave in the woods..I have been given many over the years..including 2 hummingbird nests!
Comment by beth chase on April 10, 2010 at 6:04am
This is a great activity and I love the little birds that you made as well. If you want to give the kids an idea about how skilled birds are, have the kids try to make a nest using a pair of tweezers and one index finger. Remind them that birds have to make the nest using one foot, while standing on the other and their beak only. This tweezer activity would be a great follow up to the first bird's nest project you have them do.
Comment by Angela Collins-Richtenburg on April 9, 2010 at 5:27pm
This is awesome! Thanks for posting.

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