Photograph by WESTCOTT, ISTOCKPHOTO
Photograph by WESTCOTT, ISTOCKPHOTO

Bringing Out the Birder in Your Child

Raise your kids to be birdbrains—in a good way! Bird watching can make kids happier, less stressed out, and more observant. So gather your flock—and your binoculars—and start searching with these tips from Nat Geo Family.

HATCH YOUR PLAN: GET BIRD BASICS

Before heading out, get kids excited about birds with this photo gallery of wacky winged creatures. Then learn about birds you might observe in your neighborhood.
Got More Time? How do birds fly? What do their calls mean? When your child has questions, this YouTube playlist has answers.

FLAP YOUR WINGS: ATTRACT THE BIRDS

Encourage robins, blue jays, wrens, and other common fliers to visit your backyard by making this easy DIY birdbath. Or amp things up with these tips to make your outdoor space even more wildlife friendly.
Got More Time? Help kids identify birds they see with this downloadable U.S. state bird map. (State birds actually live in lots of states!) Encourage them to record the species they spot.

SOAR THE SKIES: GET OUT THERE!

Now that you’ve got the birds, get the gear! Check out tips for what you’ll need—as well as what to look for—when your family is in the field.
Got More Time? Harness your kids’ newfound love of birds to help protect them. Here are six easy things your family can do right now to protect winged creatures.