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Curious about raptors? Here's some activities, games, and videos to keep you occupied until your next visit to The Raptor Center!

Activities

Here's some ways you can incorporate raptor-friendly activities throughout the year:

January

If you have an old Christmas tree, use it to build a brush pile for instant bird shelter, or chop the trunk into pieces for feeders.

February

Get involved with citizen science projects related to raptors and other birds. You and your family can personally contribute to understanding more about birds. The Great Backyard Bird Count, Project FeederWatch, and Christmas Bird Counts are just a few you can participate in.

March

Donate old bird watching equipment such as binoculars or spotting scopes to local bird watching groups—they can get them to schools or biologists in other countries who may not have the resources they need.

April

Use old crockery, pie plates, and trays to create rustic feeders or unique bird baths. An old cup can also become a birdseed scoop, or a plate can be a simple baffle or feeder cover.

May

Plant native trees! Plant native bushes! These are important for cover and food for both migrating and nesting birds.

June

Build or purchase bird houses. Cavity-nesting species like American kestrels will thank you for it.

July 

Drink water from the tap. Bring your own re-usable water bottle instead of buying/using the plastic water bottles you throw away (or recycle).

August 

Go for a hike—without earbuds! Be sure to stay on the trails.

September  

Knowledge is power. Find out how big your ecological footprint is—take the quiz!

October 

Don’t litter on the highways and other roadways. Participating in local litter cleanups along beaches, rivers, parks and other bird-friendly habitats is a great way to keep birds' resting places safe and suitable.

November 

The mesh bags that hold onions or other produce can be recycled for homemade suet feeders or nut feeders. They can also be used to offer nesting material to birds.

December 

If you have gift to give—furoshiki it! Furoshiki is the Japanese art of wrapping things with cloth. View the many ways you can use this creative way to give gifts all year long. This reduces paper that is often not recyclable in the waste stream.