Kids make the best bird sounds ever! We discovered this during out time outdoors with kids who are definitely interested in birds!
Eight children and their parents attended the "Talk, walk and make" event that NAAS hosted at the Sedona Library on February 11th.
Viviane the librarian began the program by pointing out all the books the library has to offer about birds. Then she red a story.
Nanette began with a quick lesson about birds, what makes a bird, what to look for to identify them, when you find one give good directions for others to find the bird, etc.
We handed out binoculars. Gave a quick lesson on how to focus, how to find a bird with them, how to care for them. Then we went outside and walked around the new patio and observed birds that were coming into feeders that NAAS Volunteer, Sally Reynolds, had set up. We continued on library grounds following the bird sounds - which were being echoed by several musical childrens' whistles!
We returned inside for the craft. Pine cones with string tied around them were used as homemade bird feeders the children could take home. The children smeared the cone with vegetable shortening with plastic knife or spoon, then rolled the cone in bird seed. Then placed the cone in a plastic baggie. We instructed the children to hang the pine cone in a place where a squirrel might not be able to reach. Volunteers and kids had a great time!