The bird count is a prime example of a child-friendly citizen science project. Basically all you need to do is count the birds you see over 15 minutes and then report them on the website. Although it is called "backyard," you can count anywhere you find birds, including parks, preserves or fields.
There is plenty of information and instructions about getting started at the website.
We recommend picking up some good informational books about birds to share. For example, Capstone Press has a number of books for beginning readers, including the titles in the Birds of Prey Series.
Peregrine Falcons by Melissa Hill and Gail Saunders-Smith, PhD, Consultant Editor
Did you know that peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on the planet? They can reach speeds of over 200 mph when diving. They are found throughout the world, except at temperature extremes (hot tropics and coldest polar regions). Learn more about these incredibly fascinating birds.
Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Publisher: Capstone Press (February 1, 2015)
Older children might enjoy reading about Fire Birds by Sneed B. Collard III.
Fire Birds reveals the work of biology professor Dick Hutto, who has been investigating what happens to bird species after a forest fire. He found that some kinds of birds increase in number due to increased nest sites and food. He has come up with a list of 15 species that are closely associated with recently burned forests, which he calls "Fire Birds." Can you guess what they might be?
(This title was previously reviewed at our sister blog, Wrapped in Foil.)
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Bucking Horse Books (December 10, 2014)
Looking for more children's books about birds? Try Taking Flight: a List of Children’s Books About Bird Migration at Science Books for Kids or...
...the list of children's books for young birdwatchers at Science Books for Kids
The Cornell Lab FeederWatch Project has even more educator resources.
We would love to hear if you participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. What kinds of birds do you see in your backyard?
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