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Build a Bird Feeder to Study Birds

Active Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
Animals’ basic needs, ornithology

Introduction

Did you know that there are about 10,000 different types of birds in the world? You don't have to go far to see some of them. Birds live outside in backyards and parks and can even be found in a busy city! Do you know what kinds of birds live in your neighborhood? Have you ever taken a close look at the birds you see in your backyard to identify them and observe their behavior? In this activity, you will build a bird feeder to attract birds, so you can study them.

Credits

Svenja Lohner, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Plastic milk/juice container with cap
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Wooden dowel, twig, or wooden coffee stirrer
  • Bird seeds
  • Mini cup(s)
  • Water
  • Tape
  • Optional: paper plate
  • Possible decorations: tree bark, shells, stones, stickers, etc.
    Note: Make sure that any materials you use to decorate the bird feeders are safe for the birds. If possible, stick to as many natural materials as possible.
  • Optional: paintbrushes, when using paint
  • Glue or glue gun
  • Twine, yarn, or thin rope
  • Adult helper
  • Pen or pencil
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Bird field guide (optional)
  • Lab notebook
    Materials needed to build a bird feeder activity.

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Active Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
Animals’ basic needs, ornithology