How To Participate
Learn about your local birds! The following ideas will help get you started:
- Knowledge Building Circle - Prepare for your bird studies by sharing classroom knowledge about birds. Pass around a feather or other bird-themed object for each student to share
a word or topic about birds. Build and display your classroom bird word wall or organize into a mind map.
- Classroom Bird Experts - Choose a local bird species for each student to research for a presentation or display. Collectively, you will be a classroom of bird experts!
- Birds and Technology - Check out these great resources to assist with identification or research activities: Hinterland Who's Who,
All About Birds, iBird Canada App,
Merlin Bird ID App, eBirdCanada.
- Bird Bulletin Board - Display bird posters, a sightings list, news items, bird facts, photos, and art on a school bulletin board. Share photos with other classes using the hashtag #BirdBulletinBoard!
Prepare for your bird count:
- Download your region-specific Bird ID Guide. Print a card in colour, double-sided, for each student. You may choose to laminate the cards
for use outside or subsequent activities.
- Print a Bird Tally form to record observations during your bird count.
- Encourage students to bring in field guides, binoculars, or posters from home to assist with bird identification.
- For extra bird expertise, invite any birding parents to help with the count, or connect with your local naturalist club for a volunteer.
- Choose any day in May to conduct your bird count.
- Bird counts can be as short as 15 minutes, or up to a full day.
- Designate one student to record group observations on the Bird Tally form.
- Travel around your schoolyard or neighbourhood as a large group, or separate into smaller groups. Try to reach all the different habitats that make up your schoolyard.
- Encourage students to be observant, using eyes and ears to find birds.
- Identify and count all the birds you see at your schoolyard or surrounding neighbourhood. Try not to double-count moving birds!
- Use the Bird Tally sheet to help keep track of your efforts and observations.
Report your observations:
- Submit your bird count observations through the NatureCounts data portal.
- Share your bird count results with your school community through intercom announcements, a bird bulletin board, a classroom or school newsletter, or local media!
- Share your birding adventures with Bird Studies Canada! Email highlights and photos to email@example.com. Or connect with us on Twitter at
@BSC_Education, using the hashtag #SchoolyardBirdBlitz