Birds are interesting. Large and small, subdued and extraordinary, there is such a range of this amazing group of animals. Most of us know someone who is obsessed with birds, bringing binoculars everywhere, just in case there is a bird in the vicinity.
Since we spend so much time outside at Progress School, we are very observant of the wildlife sharing our space. We have regular visits from cardinals, blue jays, mockingbirds and hawks. Every now and then we spot a heron in the creek or vultures circling in the sky.
Our copy of the Audubon book of North American birds was a great resource, along with several versions of Texas bird guides.
Within the pages of our many resource books, we found inspiration for our Bird Sanctuary diorama.
Our birds were clearly not made to scale, which prompted many amusing conversations. Can you imagine what it would be like to be driving along and come across a roadrunner that is bigger than your car?
We studied features of birds and their anatomy and explored the questions we had about birds: Which birds do not fly? Why do some birds fly and others don’t? Which birds live in the water? What do different birds eat? How do birds stay warm in the winter?
We made bird feeders out of milk cartons and looked at designs for bird houses to construct in the wood shop for ongoing projects. Each art project was accompanied by detailed discussions about different birds.
We learned some interesting facts about birds:
- Fastest land bird – the ostrich – up to 45 mph!
- Largest egg – ostrich egg
- Largest nest – bald eagle’s nest – 9 feet wide and 20 feet deep!
- Longest wingspan – albatross – 11 feet, which we measured out, and that is quite a large bird!
Some of our favorite birds include the cardinal, the blue jay, the bald eagle, and the blue-footed booby!