February is Bird Month for Kids
February is Bird Month in Kansas City. Check out the variety of events & activities for kids and families:
15th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count
February 17 – 20, 2012
A great activity that everyone can participate in is the Great Backyard Bird Count.
It’s FREE, fun and easy to do.
- Download a list of local birds that you might see,
- Count as little as 15 minutes with your kids, and do it right in your own backyard or local park,
- Submit your tally online
February is National Bird Feeding Month
- Ideas for backyard bird feeders you can make from recycled items at HGTV.
- Learn what types of food different birds eat so you can feed them in your backyard.
Local Kansas City Activities for Kids & Families
Martha Lafite Nature Sanctuary (Liberty, MO)
- Feb. 17th & 18th – kids can help count birds, do a bird craft and play a bird game. Family event with Reservations required.
- Feb. 18th & 21st– teens (ages 12 +) can visit different habitats from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Sanctuary to identify birds. Registration required/$5 per person.
Ernie Miller Nature Center (Olathe, KS)
- Feb. 18th – FREE event for families to learn about birds who live in the area and assist with the Great Backyard Bird Count.
- Feb. 29th – Preschool Program: Owls (9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.) Kids will hear “Owl Moon”, hear owl calls and see live owls. Registration required for ages 4 – 5. $14 per person.
- Feb. 26th – Birds of Prey Program (2 p.m. – 3 p.m.) for families. Particiipants will see live birds up close and learn about raptors. $2.75 per person.
Harry Truman Home (Independence, MO)
- Feb. 17th – Participate in the Great Backyard Bird count at 11:30 a.m. at the Truman Home.
Lakeside Nature Center (Swope Park, KC, MO)
- Feb. 18th – Mother Nature Reads program will feature the story “Little Hoot” about an owl who wants to go to bed early. After the story, visit the library for a great view of the birds outside!
Burroughs Audubon Nature Center (Blue Springs, MO)
- Feb. 17th & 18th – Great Backyard Bird count will be held onsite from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Feb. 19th – Bird in the Hand program – free program from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. where you can get an up close look at songbirds as volunteers capture, band and release them.
Schlagle Environmental Library (Kansas City, KS)
- Feb. 11th – Bird in the Hand program lets participants get an up close look at songbirds and release them back into the wild once banded.
- Feb. 18th – Make a Recycled Bird Feeder (10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) Registration required/$5 per person.
Pottery Barn Kids & Nat’l Geographic
- Feb. 18th – Hosting their National Geographic Little Explorers event that focuses on Birds. Kids can do hands-on activities, sing songs and and receive a badge.
Great Places to See Birds
If you want to venture beyond your backyard, here are some wonderful places to go view birds: