The Secret Language of Birds is a new theme this year, and one which we LOVED! We talked about “what makes a bird and bird” by playing a True and False game with our bodies. Once we arrived at the Beaver ponds, everyone received their own bird behavior checklist and we talked about why birds perform each of the behaviors. We acted out the behaviors and had the campers guess which one we were doing. Before setting off, each buddy pair received a pair of binoculars to use during our hike. It was awesome to witness the kids focus and interest in finding birds and deciding which behavior they were engaged in. We saw lots of birds, some animal tracks, and found fossils as we hiked around the entire pond.
On Tuesday we ventured to Deer Creek after a story about birds and games at Fort Marcy.
The Owls (5-7 year olds), hiked, played, did sit spots and worked in their nature journals.
The Eagles did a big hike all the way to the pools where they had a chance to cool off in the icy cold water!
On Wednesday we talked about the five different voices of birds and the kids had a chance to act out the voices and talk about why birds will use each voice. We compared some of these to human behavior (i.e. juvenile begging!). On the Winsor Trail we had the opportunity to hear the bird language in real life and made educated guesses at what we thought the birds were saying to each other, or to other animals in the forest.
On Thursday we talked about some common birds and played games to learn what they are. Our adventure was to the Wildlife Center where we got to get up close to owls, hawks, eagles and some small mammals including fox and bobcat. It was fascinating to hear the stories about how the animals got there and how we can help keep them in the wild.