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Our Field Ecology Center published more than 180 methodical materials for nature studies. Some of them are in English:
Mobile educational application: Ecological Field Studies Techniques on Play.Google Mobile field guide Birds of North America: Songs and Calls Decoys on Play.Google WILD FLOWERS OF RUSSIA Field Identification Guide on Play.Google Mobile field guide Birds of Russia on Play.Google Mobile field guide Birds of Russia Songs, Calls and Voices on Play.Google Mobile field guide Birds of Europe Songs, Calls and Voices on Play.Google Mobile field guide Birds of Europe Songs, Calls and Voices on Play.Google
Mobile Educational Apps and Field Identification Guides for Russian, European and American Birds
Applications for Android and iOS are available at GooglePlay and AppStore

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Let's Help Birds!

© Alexsander S. Bogolyubov, Russia, 2002

© Michael J. Brody, USA, 2003

Let's help birds!This manual describes two practical nature conservation projects devoted to attracting birds: feeding winter birds, and making and hanging artificial nesting places. Included are the design of simple bird feeders and composition of birdseed, the procedure for making artificial nesting places as well as general rules for hanging birdhouses.

This field study has instructional video featuring real students conducting the ecological field techniques in nature. Each video illustrates the primary instructional outcomes and the major steps in accomplishing the task including reporting the results.

Introduction

This activity begins the series of nature lessons for students in spring. As it is with the other seasonal cycles of the given lesson series, the first lesson of the season is not devoted to conducting research work, but is rather a practical lesson. The lesson consists of two practical approaches to attracting birds into the vicinity of the school or field studies center. It includes feeding birds, as well as making and hanging artificial nesting places for birds.

It is recommended to begin these projects as early as possible. Theoretically, birds should be fed during the whole winter, whereas artificial nesting places should be hung up prior to the beginning of the nesting season of wintering insectivore birds. These birds are mainly tits, and they start to breed quite early. Titmice start to pair and to look for a place to make a nest in March. Correspondingly, birdhouses should be made and hung up by that time.

The organization of the students' work making and hanging feeders and artificial nesting places depends entirely on local conditions, size of the students' group and age of students, availability of feed time, tools and building materials. Time and amount of performance of the task are under the jurisdiction of the teacher whose students participate in this study. Perhaps some will find it more convenient to perform the work in fall or to combine this work with lessons on handicraft at school in winter, when students are free from any other practical studies in nature.

We will provide only general rules for the organization of practical work and technical details of its performance in the present manual.

Bird feeding organization

Introduction

Most birds leave the temperate climatic zone and fly away in the fall through the winter, but many settled and migrant birds stay the winter. At that time, birds are subjected to various climatic effects, which impede getting food. Snowstorms and heavy snowfalls, glaze (frazil), covering branches and trunks of trees with a thin crust of ice, as well as changeable weather and prolonged hard frosts always cause mass death of small birds due to lack of feed. Timely feeding will allow conservation of almost all the wintering birds.

It would be wrong to think that feeding birds is aimed at feeding them to their fill in order to spare them from catching insects in nature. The fact is that birds often do not have time to eat to their fill by catching natural food, which is not always found at once in a short winter day in order to survive the night until the morning. If bird's stomach does not receive a minimum food day after day, then the bird will grow weak and die due to exhaustion.

The total vital functions of wintering birds increase significantly due to feeding. When birds feed up at the feeder, they start to search actively for feed on trees in the vicinity of the feeder.

In addition, feeding birds can detain them for nesting near the feeding place. Observations show that old birds will always fly back to their last year's breeding places, whereas young birds, nesting for the first time, can build nests in a new place.

Provision for feeding wintering birds is a useful activity for schools and students. If there is a well-designed and fixed feeder near the school in such a place, which is ...

 

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"Investigating Nature Together" eBooks:

Amazon eBook Investigating Nature Together. Part 1: Autumn Amazon eBook Investigating Nature Together. Part 2: Winter Amazon eBook Investigating Nature Together. Part 3: Spring Amazon eBook Investigating Nature Together. Part 4: Summer

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"Field Studies Techniques" eBooks:

Amazon eBook Field Studies Techniques. Part 1: Geography and Landscape sciences Amazon eBook Field Studies Techniques. Part 2: Botany Amazon eBook Field Studies Techniques. Part 3: Zoology Amazon eBook Field Studies Techniques. Part 4: Hydrobiology and Water Ecology Amazon eBook Field Studies Techniques. Part 5: Bioindication and Nature Monitoring

and Paperback: Geography, Botany, Zoology, Hydrobiology, Bioindication


All these manuals you can also purchase in the form of applications for smartphones and tablets on Google Play and App Store
Mobile educational application Ecological Field Studies Techniques: Investigating Nature with Kids

 

Other Ecological Field Studies Instructive Manuals:

Autumn Season
Book on Amazon

  1. Orienteering in the Forest
  2. Procedure of the Geological Exposure Description
  3. Plotting a Profile of a River Valley Slope
  4. Simple Procedure of Soil Description
  5. Assessment of the Vital State of a Forest Based on Pine-tree Analysis
  6. Study of Species Composition and Number of Fungi
  7. Study of Species Composition and Census of Birds Using the Line Transect-counting Method
  8. Integrated Study Based on Landscape Profile
  9. Complex Environmental Assessment of Human Impact on an Area
  10. Assessment of Air Pollution by Lichen Indication Method

Winter Season
Book on Amazon

  1. Making a Campfire
  2. Simple "Eye" Survey of the Field Study Site
  3. Study of Growth Dynamics of Trees Based on Annual Rings
  4. Mapping Forest Vegetation
  5. Green Plants Under Snow
  6. Methods of Observation of a Chickadee Flock's Territorial Behavior
  7. Procedure of Winter Mammals Route Census by Footprints
  8. Study of Mammal Ecology According to Their Tracks
  9. Physical and Chemical Properties of Natural Waters
  10. Study of Snow Cover Profile

Spring Season
Book on Amazon

  1. Let's Help Birds!
  2. Study of the Ecology of Early Flowering Plants
  3. Phenology of Plant Florescence
  4. Assessment of the Vital State of Coniferous Underbrush
  5. Study of Forest Invertebrates (Part I: Forest Litter, Wood)
  6. Studies of Species Composition and Abundance of Amphibians
  7. Studying Minerals and Rocks in Your Area
  8. Studies of the Day Activity of Singing Birds
  9. Studies of Bird Populations Size by Different Methods
  10. Study of Fauna of Spring Temporary Water Bodies

Summer Season
Book on Amazon

  1. Making a Herbarium
  2. The Study of Plants in Your Local Environment
  3. Study of the Vertical Structure of a Forest
  4. Study of Forest Invertebrates (Part 2: Grass Layer, Tree Crowns and Air)
  5. Study of Birds' Nesting Life
  6. Complex Comparative Description of Small Rivers and Streams
  7. The Study of Water Invertebrates in a Local River and Assessment of Its Environmental State
  8. Study of Plankton
  9. Assessment of Ecological Features of Meadows on the Base of Vegetation Cover
  10. Assessment of Environmental State of the Forest Based on Leaves' Asymmetry


Our Field Ecology Center published more than 180 methodical materials for nature studies. Some of them are in English:
Mobile educational application: Ecological Field Studies Techniques on Play.Google Mobile field guide Birds of North America: Songs and Calls Decoys on Play.Google WILD FLOWERS OF RUSSIA Field Identification Guide on Play.Google Mobile field guide Birds of Russia on Play.Google Mobile field guide Birds of Russia Songs, Calls and Voices on Play.Google Mobile field guide Birds of Europe Songs, Calls and Voices on Play.Google Mobile field guide Birds of Europe Songs, Calls and Voices on Play.Google
Mobile Educational Apps and Field Identification Guides for Russian, European and American Birds
Applications for Android and iOS are available at GooglePlay and AppStore

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