Start 2022 off right! Have your own Big Year!
What is a big year? It’s whatever you want to make it! A big year is a personal challenge to identify, by sight or sound, as many bird species as possible in a year within a specific area. It could be in your yard, your town, your state, a particular park, whatever you want! Here are a few checklists to help you get started counting!
ABA_Checklist NJ Birds Checklist 50 Common Backyard Birds of NJ
Grab your field guide and binoculars and get outside!
Audubon's Christmas Bird Count
Join Audubon for the Christmas Bird Count, the largest citizen science project! This project has been running for over 100 years. You can add to this important project by joining a count near you.
Click here for more information.
If your family needs a break from Netflix and Disney+, how about a game of BINGO?
Download and print the PDF below for 5 Bingo cards and board listing sheet, and enjoy!
Mr. Nussbaum Learning & Fun
Backyard Bird Cards
Get to know the unique personalities of your avian neighbors with these colorful educational cards!
TRT Raptor Packets
Learn more about the birds at The Raptor Trust with these educational activities packets! The PDFs below include stories about each bird, as well as crosswords, word scrambles, and drawings.
- Screech Owls
- Heads Up for Hawks
- Kestrel Kraze
- Eagle Exploration
- NEW: Great Horned Owl
- NEW: Barred Owl
- NEW: Vultures
- NEWS: Peregrine Falcon
Without entertainment venues, events, and gatherings, most of us have a little extra time on our hands! Why not learn more about our natural world? Beware! You WILL lose track of time watching!
Below is a list of free eBooks that includes a diverse array of subjects. All ages.
Test your knowledge of backyard birds with these entertaining quizzes!
- Sibley Backyard Bird Quiz I
- Sibley Backyard Bird Quiz II
- eBird Photo and Sound Quiz (with Cornell Lab of Ornithology login)
National Park Virtual Tours
See some of our nation’s most pristine protected lands from your living room. This is a fun resource for the whole family– you can even reflect it from your phone or computer to your television screen with free apps!
And more at nps.gov!
Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
How many plants and animals on this list can YOU find?
Make it a competition in your family to see who gets the most points! Just download and print the PDF below and get hunting!