Birds can do what no other animal can do … fly. Because of this, children find them fascinating. The hobby called birding can be fun for kids of all ages.

Birding is increasing in popularity with over 50 million birders in the United States. Some benefits of studying birds include teaching kids about diversity and geography, and it can improve their secondary skills like listening, too.

With more than 10,000 bird species in the world, our feathered friends learn to adapt well together and contribute to their own niche. Understanding this about birds teaches kids about diversity and shows them that everyone has something to contribute to society.

Learning where, why and how birds live and migrate maps out an interesting lesson in geography. Kids will use observation skills to find birds in the wild; listening skills to identify their songs; research skills to find out a bird’s identity; and deduction to compare species.

One of the more important lessons, though, is your kids will grow to appreciate science – and they might not even know it … because they’re having too much fun!

Content provided by Oakland University.


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