What are our birds up to?

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This past Tuesday we learned some of the chitter chatter of local birds. What is there to chirp about? Nesting season! We discovered that bird nests come in all different shapes, sizes, materials, and construction. We looked at blue jay nests, robin nests, swallow nests, nests made of horse hair, the droopy oriole nest and a model of an itsy bitsy teeny weeny hummingbird nest. The kids had their chance to craft their own nest and hang it outside to give our little feathered friends some material to work with.

Here is a peak at some extraordinary nests:
hummingbird-nest

Recognize any of these materials?

Recognize any of these materials?

Nature's potters!

Nature’s potters!

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About Joy O' Nature

I am a naturalist on the education staff here at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. I earned a B.S. in Terrestrial Ecology with a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont. I recently received my MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Arizona. I have been a classroom science and environmental educator; instructing all ages from preschool to college, for most of my educated life.

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