Winter Bird Watching Activities

If you're looking for a Winter activity that the whole family can enjoy... try bird watching. It’s a great way to explore nature. Anyone can do it just about anywhere, anytime, making it a great activity to share with kids. Here’s how to make the most of your bird watching adventures with kids.

1. Start in your own backyard. Make your backyard a place birds will want to visit. Hang bird feeders to feed the birds during the wintertime. Watch and count birds. Report what you see by creating a bird list.

2. If your kids start to enjoy this activity, go to popular birding areas, and even nature centers, as they often provide free guided tours – some of which are geared toward families. Or head out to nearby parks and conservation areas to spot more birds.

3. Talk to your birds and listen to the sounds they make.

4. You'll have more fun if you learn more about birds so invest in a field guide. Check out a few different guides to birds in your area from your local library to find the one that’s right for you. Help them interact with their surroundings and search the bird guide together.

5. Get your children a pair of kid-friendly binoculars to help bring the birds into closer view.

6. Have your kids to create their own bird book. Keep track of what you see. Include sketches and drawings along with a few simple facts about the birds they see often. Don’t forget to include where you saw them, the date, the weather and pictures you take. Download this Free Printable Bird Book for Birding with Kids.

To learn more about birds in Ontario, visit these online resources:

Ontario Field Ornithologists
A site dedicated to Birds in Ontario See photos of recent sightings, find out about field trips, view the official provincial checklist of Birds in Ontario.

Wikipedia's List of Birds of Ontario
A listing of all the bird species seen naturally in the Canadian province of Ontario as determined by the Ontario Bird Records Committee (OBRC).

Have fun discovering your nearby bird friends!

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