The VINS Nature Center is currently CLOSED - reopening on June 15. We are accepting injured birds 8am to 4:30pm daily - contact us at 802.359.5000 x212.
802.359.5000 | WILD BIRD REHAB: x510
Let’s go birding! Here are a few steps that will allow you to
identify the birds around your home. By following these 4 steps, you and
your children will be identifying our returning spring migrants in no time!
Head outside and put your listening ears on. You might have to
wait a few moments before you hear something. If no birds start to call, go
ahead and walk a little further. Your goal is to locate some birds! Once you
have found the general location, you may have to wait patiently for the bird to
make itself known. This would be a good time to get your journal and pencil
ready! Once you spot the bird, closely observe the following, size/shape, beak
type, color/markings, habitat, and sketch the bird. You do not have to be an
artist to do this! A simple sketch will do, this sketch is not about making a
pretty picture, it is about communicating information. This sketch is so you
can label your picture in the field, and later, sit down with a field
guide and identify what you saw!
labeling, pay close attention to these steps for identification:
Now that you have drawn out and labeled your bird, it is time to
open up your field guide and ID what you saw! It would be beneficial to find
out what kind of birds are most common in your area, and a great way to find
out is the Citizen Science platform, eBird.org.
You can also encourage your children to become Citizen Scientists
using eBird. This platform is an important tool for scientists to find
out species locations and abundance, and it is also a great tool for people who
want to know what birds are where, locally and globally. You can create an
account and click the Submit tab to start your own species checklist,
or, if you are looking for birds in your area, you can click Explore to
find out where some birding hotspots are! HAVE FUN!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments.