Today's the day! Get out your clipboards, your field guides and your binoculars! It's time for the Great Backyard Bird Count! Official dates are 2/17/12-2/20/12.
Have you ever spotted a limpkin? Do you even know what a limpkin is? Well, I didn't either until last year when we participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count, sponsored by the Cornell Institute of Ornithology and the Audubon Society. It happens every February and for about 4 days. You count the different species of birds in your backyard, your local park, campground or nature preserve. It's easy!
Just click here http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc and enter your zipcode. The website will show you what species you are likely to see in February in your area. Then, get a bird guide (or use the internet to help) and start making those tally marks. Last year we went to Circle Bar B Ranch. It is a wonderful park here in the Lakeland/Winter Haven area of Florida. So many trails to explore, so many animals to see! We usually see wild turkey there, but only in the fall, so we couldn't count them on our tally sheet--boo.
|Bring lots of water on your trails!|
|A "snakebird" sunbathing.|
idst of Apologia's Exploring Creation Through Zoology I: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day. Maybe it will fit your science curriculum as well. If not, squeeze it in for fun!