Sept. 15, 2021
Aussie Backyard Bird Count runs from 18th to the 24th October this year. BirdLife Australia's site has great resources for every state and an Aussie Bird Count app to download. If you know the name of the bird you see you can enter it into the search bar and add it to your list, if you don't recognise the species there is an on-board field guide that will filter the bird by size, shape, colour and flock number and give possible suspects. You count for a 20 minute block and can do as many 20 minute blocks as you like. The data collected assists BirdLife Australia in understanding more about the birds that live where people live, and it's a fun treasure hunting activity!
There is a range of resources in Purple Mash that can extend this and reinforce young minds' interest in the world around them..
Within Purple Mash, if you are a subscribing school, you can find some of the resources to support the 'Aussie Backyard Bird Count' in the links below.. They include writing templates with 'Think About' boxes to prompt the writing, with prepopulated bird image banks and clipart.A to decorated with a bird boarder to advertise the count to encourage others to take part. There is a range of paint projects that children can use including creating their own owl babies with textured paints to create feathers and a quiz naming some common birds. Better, still, create your own quiz, like Mrs. Power at St John's Catholic Parish Primary School did, where her students then matched the bird sounds to the bird. To use this with your students click here.
Across the school, you could set up a blog using 2Blog where children can share their sightings and comment on each others' experiences in the birds in their backyards.
So many of the creative tools in Purple Mash can be used throughout the week.
Here are some ideas:
All of these activities can be shared and celebrated through blogs using 2Blog.