You might think that birds would be absent in harsh winter conditions. But no. There are many birds in Ohio in winter, even in your backyard. But with snow frequently covering the natural food, birds will quickly come to your bird feeder! https://www.whatbirdsareinmybackyard.com/
Let’s see if we can bring the birds to the All Saints campus!
Here is what we need you to do:
- Choose a bird from the list below.
- Find out what types of food it likes to eat.
- Design a bird feeder for your bird type (no larger than an 8.5”x11” sheet of paper in any dimension). (please note – the materials used need to be able to withstand water and freezing temps. – no glass please).
- Bring your bird feeder in by Jan. 29 to the parish center office. After Jan 29, we will be placing them around the Outdoor Learning Center courtyard – depending how many we have they may be placed in other areas on campus.
- Wait and watch – you can watch through the windows, visit the OLC outside with your family or after school or on the weekend. Bring a pair of binoculars if you wish so you can get a close up look. See if you can identify any of the birds you see.
*** The Northern Cardinal has a special meaning to many people. Legend says that if you are lucky enough to spot a cardinal, you should smile to yourself as cardinals represent someone who has passed away. If you see a cardinal, one of your loved ones wants you to know that they are watching over you and you are not alone. If your child would like to create and dedicate a cardinal feeder to a loved one, they are welcome to somehow incorporate that person’s name into the design of the feeder – a simple tag, paint, etc.
***Please make students aware that feeders will remain up through February and will be discarded thereafter unless the student has otherwise noted on the feeder by marking their name & "FLOCK".
Birds that you will find in Ohio during the winter months are:
American Gold Finch
Thank you to parishioner Emalee Ridgway for developing our outdoor faith formation activities!