Related Activities & Learning You can investigate an array of natural mysteries while participating in Project FeederWatch. The following FeederWatch-related activities have been contributed by educators across the continent. They are designed to strengthen such skills as observation, identification, research, computation, writing, creativity, and more. Science Natural history: Research and study the strategies birds use to survive Identification: Use FeederWatch’s Common Feeder Birds poster to learn how to identify the birds that visit your feeders Meteorology: Monitor weather conditions to see how birds alter their feeding habits Physics/aerodynamics: observe the different flight patterns of feeder birds Animal behavior: Are some species solitary while others are gregarious? Do different species have different food preferences? Math Weigh the bird seed in your feeder before and after each count and compute how much seed was eaten. After several counts, calculate average consumption rate. Test and predict how often feeders need to be refilled. Writing/Literature Journal keeping Poetry Creative writing Etymology–research the history of bird names Geography Map your count site Research the geographic ranges of birds (see the FeederWatch map room) Learn the official bird of all U.S. states and Canadian provinces History Develop a time line charting the extinction of a bird such as the Passenger Pigeon Research famous bird biologists or artists Learn the history of bird-related laws Art Sketch the birds at your feeders Create bird masks Create models of bird wings, bills, and feet Music Research music that has been influenced by bird song Study bird songs and calls Make your own feeder bird recordings Additional Resources The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s K-12 Education program provides an array of resources to educators. Learn more about bird feeding and bird identification in the Learn section of this website. Learn about birds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds web site. Explore Data submitted by FeederWatch participants. Join Project FeederWatch and receive a Research Kit containing the Common Feeder Birds poster, a calendar, and the FeederWatch Handbook & Instructions. FeederWatch participants also receive our annual publication, Winter Bird Highlights.