Join a Duke Farms Educator one Sunday morning a month to learn why Duke Farms is for the Birds! During this series, Junior Ornithologists will gain an understanding of what makes birds so unique and fascinating. Through games and classroom activities we will explore the life histories of birds and delve into topics such as bird biology and adaptations for flight, bird behavior, diets and habitats. We will learn to use binoculars and field guides and will go outside to see what our feathered friends are up to throughout the year.
These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.
ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.
Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to explore nature in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!
Mini-series 2 Schedule:
(All classes are held on Sundays from 9:00am to 11:00am)
April 30: Hummingbirds Come Home
It’s almost impossible to believe that a bird that weighs less than a penny can migrate all the way to Central America and back every year. The end of April is when Hummingbirds return to Duke Farms. We will take an in depth look at the life and times of this tiny miracle on the wing. We’ll also learn about gardening for hummingbirds and participants will take home seeds of a plant that is a hummingbird favorite.
May 21: Tweets, Twitters, Nests and Eggs
May is the time when birds become very vocal and even noisy as they establish territories and search for mates. We will explore bird communication as well as mating, nests, and eggs. Put your cell phones away as we listen for the live tweets, twitters and songs of the birds of spring.
June 25: Bluebirds Abound
Did you know that eastern bluebirds actually begin their courtship in late winter? Or that bluebirds often raise two broods in one season? We’ll check on active bluebird nest boxes as we learn all about the life history of these “birds of happiness”.
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