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Feathers: Not Just for Flying - 16 birds and some very practical uses of feathers

Young naturalists meet sixteen birds in this elegant introduction to the many uses of feathers. A concise main text highlights how feathers are not just for flying.

anatomy of a feather including the vane and calamus

anatomy of a feather including the vane and calamus (Chicken Backyard Molting)

In this author’s note, H. Joseph Hopkins explains how Kate Sessions saw a problem with the parks in San Diego, thought of a possible solution and went to work.  This book is a powerful example of how one person can make lasting impacts.

The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins, Illustrated by Jill McElmurry (Beach Lane Books,

Frog in a Bog

Frog in a Bog

Take a peek into an environment loaded with frogs, bugs, birds, and more. Budding naturalists can find bogs all over--maybe even in their own neighborhoods.

Invitation to Build a Bird Nest. Great activity based on the book  by I.C. Springman (There are some fantastic lessons here!)

Invitation to Build a Bird Nest

Invitation to Build a Bird Nest. Great activity based on the book "More" by I. Excellent preschool lesson for spring (we can talk about bird nests AND spring cleaning!

Home at Last: A Song of Migration by April Pulley Sayre http://www.amazon.com/dp/0805051546/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_RNftxb0RJ39GE

Home at Last: A Song of Migration by April Pulley Sayre…

Wouldn't a flock of these be fun with Choral Readers Theater?  Who says Readers Theater is for the birds?  ;)  You'll find #Choral Readers Theater scripts at www.ReadersTheaterAllYear.com

Create some pretend play fun with of of these paper bag bird puppets. What You'll Need Paper bag Googly Eyes Colorful Feathers Yellow craft.

Birds get their food in different ways. Birds of prey use their sharp talons to capture their food and use their strong bills to tear flesh. Other birds, such as songbirds, use their claws to perch on branches while they eat seeds, fruits, or insects. The wings of the hummingbird allow it to hover in front of a flower as the hummingbird obtains nectar.

Birds get their food in different ways. Birds of prey use their sharp talons to capture their food and use their strong bills to tear flesh. Other birds, such as songbirds, use their claws to perch on branches while they eat seeds, fruits, or insects. The wings of the hummingbird allow it to hover in front of a flower as the hummingbird obtains nectar.

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