Here’s a fun weekend activity for the family. It’s The Great Backyard Bird Count, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society. Go to the web site to learn how you and your kids can participate. You can print out a bird checklist for your area, then spend 15 minutes counting birds in one location anytime between February 15 and 18, then go online to submit your results. If you’ve got a weekend getaway planned you can do multiple bird counts in different locations and at different times, so that your children see how different kinds of birds are attracted to different kinds of habitat. (If you’re not a seasoned birder that’s okay. You can grab a bird book, do your best to identify as many birds as possible and when there’s some little brown bird that baffles you, simply don’t count it and check a box on your submission form letting count organizers know that you are not reporting everything you saw.)
There are kids activities and bird facts on the web site too. If you choose to do this, feel free to leave a comment on this post after your weekend count and report the birds you saw and where you did your count. We’ll be counting here on Monday and I’d love to let Will compare our bird sightings with families in other locations – even if you’re just on the other side of town.
**One other note, for local moms to be: You can spend Valentine's day at this event:
birthNetwork-Columbus presents "What is a Doula?" 7 p.m. Thursday Feb. 14 at North Columbus Branch Library. Learn about professional labor support and how they can help you have a safe and satisfying birth. Meet local doulas and enjoy free chocolate.