This 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 birds are found, including parks, preserves, or fields.
There is plenty of information and instructions about getting started at the website.
Looking for more children's books about birds? Check out 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
You may also want to try:
- The bird activities category here at Growing with Science
- Our For the Birds Pinterest page.
- Bird Song's Harmony is Music to Our Ears at Share It! Science
- The Cornell Lab FeederWatch Project for even more educator resources.
Are you planning to participate in The Great Backyard Bird Count? What kinds of birds do you see in your backyard? Let us know!