Sunday, January 3, 2010

Winter Birds and Keeping Count

This noon, the temperature is hovering around 12 degrees Fahrenheit, the wind is blustery, and light snow swirls in spits and starts. The birds in our yard are very glad I ventured out yesterday afternoon to refill all of the feeders. Blue jays and cardinals, winter wrens and juncos, chickadees and nuthatches, finches and doves, assorted woodpeckers, all swoop in and out to grab a bite to eat. I am happy to help them out on a day as bitter as this.

If, like me, you enjoy watching the birds in winter, mark your calendar for the 13th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, February 12–15, 2010. Click here for more information, materials, posters, etc. Take note, teachers of environmental science: free stuff, neat project.

Tomorrow, it's back to real life: work, that is. January is always a little extra stressful for high school resource room teachers. There are budgets due, midterm exams to plan for, students and staff with the winter blahs.
Still, I count my blessings that I have a job, and better yet, one that I enjoy. Tomorrow may be a little busy, but I will be warm and dry, and I won't have to do any heavy lifting. Great kids to work with, too. Who could ask for anything more?

Click here for the Internet source of the winter birds image, above.