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Seaside Saturdays Seaside Center Activities
September 5, 2020
Bruce Museum Seaside Center Activity: Bills, Bills, Bills!
Last week Seaside Center Naturalist Brendan Murtha showed us how we can identify different shorebirds based on their feeding behaviors and beak shapes. While not all of us live on the shore, there are lots of birds in our own neighborhoods waiting to be observed. Each type of bird that we see has a special set of adaptations that allow them to survive and thrive in their environments.
This week, you and your learners will spend some time observing birds and their feeding behaviors and experiment with different kitchen and household tools that replicate beak shapes and functions. To participate in this week’s activity you will need to do three things; go outside and observe birds in your area, collect samples of the types of foods birds eat in the late summer/early fall, and use kitchen tools to imitate different bill shapes and uses.
When you go outside to observe birds in your neighborhood, you and your learners should bring a notebook and pencil. You also might want to bring a camera, or a cell phone, to record what you see. Feel free to use binoculars if you have them, but they are not necessary for this activity.