Birds of a Feather
Good Morning Watershed Explorers,
Normally, the focus of our critter discussions are about creatures that spend at least part of their life in the water. However, I wanted to switch gears a little today and talk about birds. Birds may not spend a lot of time in the water, but they still play an important role in the watershed ecosystem.
Birds are important for many reasons, but two factors that make them excellent watershed indicators for scientists are that they are easy to observe and study. Unlike many insects, amphibians, crustaceans, annelids, and mollusks, birds are larger and don't require a net for observation. All you really need are your own two eyes.
Bird observation is a great way to spend a day with nature and it is also a great way to help scientists too. There is actually something called the Great Backyard Bird Count that happens ever year in February. If you are interested in checking out the website, here is a link https://gbbc.birdcount.org/ This citizen science program helps scientist to keep track of birds in a wide variety of areas. Just because it isn't February doesn't mean that you can't keep track of the birds that are currently in your neighborhood. Go out today and see what birds you spot flying around your yard. Spring is a great time of year to do this as birds are very active!
Many people attract birds to their yard so they can observe them more closely. If you would like to do this, one of the easiest ways is by creating your own feeder. Use this link to check out some bird feeders that you could create at home http://www.birdsandblooms.com/backyard-projects/diy-bird-feeder/ At my house, we have been saving our milk cartons and we are going to create these simple feeders.
We have seen several really cool birds at our house and in our neighborhood recently. Here are three pictures. See if you can identify these birds! I will post the answers tomorrow! Good luck and happy BIRD exploring! It looks like the perfect day to get out and see some of these amazing creatures!