Our final g2g Outside event is upon us! You have the opportunity to do some bird watching in the Jungle Building at the Sedgwick County Zoo! Here are the details:

When: Saturday, December 14th from 3:30 pm – 5 pm.

Where: Sedgwick County Zoo Jungle Building

Meet At: I will post that information as soon as I have it, but typically we meet at the Cargill Learning Center and you MUST be on time!

RSVP is required and there is a limit of 25 people. Call 316-266-8213 to RSVP.

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Need a weekend gettaway?  Try the Wetland Education Center in Great Bend, KS on Sunday.

The WEC is having a fantastic, family-friendly, free Earth Day event on Sunday, April 22 from 1:30 -5.  The first 100 people through the door get a free reusable bag.

 

Schedule of Events

1:30 & 3:30  “Bag-It” – world renowned documentaryt on our use of plastic

1:30-3:00     Crafts & live rainforest animal presentations by Great Bend Zoo

1:45                 Plastic-Free Cooking Class with free food samples

3:00                Release of rehabilitated Bald Eagle!

Ongoing Events from 1:30-5pm

  • Midwest Energy’s Electro-Cycle Carnival Game
  • Solar bake over baking, cookie samples
  • Test drives of alternative energy vehicles (Chevy Volt, Ford Escape Hybrid, eAssist Buick LaCrosse)
  • Family fun environmental games
  • Alternative energy demos – solar panels, etc
  • Barton County Schools Art Exhibit

Also, while you’re there bust out the binoculars and take the drive through Cheyenne Bottoms and see the thousands of birds that are migrating through Kansas right now.  This is a great way to have kids practice with binoculars.  It will be SO easy to spot birds here.  45% of the North American shorebird populations migrate through Cheyenne Bottoms on their way north in the spring.

Click here for information on bird watching at Cheyenne Bottoms and download the checklist and see how many you can spot on your trip!

Great Backyard Bird Count Asks for Your Help.
Count Birds February 18-21 

The 14th annual Great Backyard Bird Count will be this weekend~ February 18–21, 2011. People of all ages and skill levels are needed to count birds in their yards, neighborhoods, or other locations across the United States and Canada. Simply tally birds for at least 15 minutes on any day of the count, then enter the highest number of each species seen at any one time at the Bird Count website.

Bird watching is great fun for kids.  The Bird Count is a great way to increase a child’s observation, counting and record keeping skills in a fun way.   

The count provides an instantaneous snapshot of birdlife across the continent for all to see. Watch as the more than 100,000 tallies come in.

For more information, including bird-ID tips, instructions, and past results, visit www.birdcount.org. The count also includes a photo contest and a prize drawing for participants who enter their bird checklists online.

Your Mission, should you choose to accept it, is to feed and observe song birds in your backyard.

The winter is a great time for bird watching! 51.3 million Americans birdwatch. So this month g2g Outside is going to join in the fun!

The mission for this week is to throw out some bird seed in the back or front yard, near a window where it’s easy for you and your children to watch the birds that come to feast.

What seeds do you throw out? Sunflower seeds attract the most variety of birds (jays, finches, nuthatches, etc). Safflower seeds are also great. Millet and corn work well too. You can find bird seed mixes at the store that have all of these.

If you don’t have a bird feeder, just scatter the seeds on the ground or on a tray on a porch railing and see who comes to eat. It’s lots of fun for kids to see which birds visit the backyard, and then go to a bird ID book or website to discover the name of the bird they saw. Check out this online bird guide.

Mission Report:  1)  How many birds came and ate your bird seed?  2)  Can you name any of the birds you saw?  3)  Draw or take a picture of the birds you saw eating in your backyard.

For more information on bird watching join me at Wichita Tractor Supply East, at 11am on January 22 for an hour bird feeding and watching seminar.  This is geared towards adults, but older children who are interested in birds will enjoy it.  I will include hints on how to encourage young people to start bird watching.