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Backyard Birds

Are you ready to get outside or even just observe through your windows?

You don’t have to be an expert bird watcher to enjoy the songs and calls of birds. Birds are truly unique and adapt to live in environments all over the world. Just in North America there are 2,509 species of birds! 

Let’s Get Creative!

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Make a Bird Feeder

Birds come in all shapes and sizes and so do their beaks. Birds use their beaks as tools for breaking open seeds. With this video we are going to make a pinecone bird feeder for birds that have thick beaks to break open sunflower seeds.

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Listed below are the supplies you will need to get started:

  • Pine cone
  • String or yarn
  • Peanut butter or lard
  • Sunflower seeds or other bird seeds

Download the instructions and Birding Guide here!


Get Outside!

Neighborhood Naturalist Nature Challenges:

Since we can’t be with you, here are some fun ways to get out and observe birds in your neighborhood!


Connect with Local Experts

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Salt Lake Avian Collision Project

Did you know that 1 billion birds a year die in building collisions? Tracy Aviary and the International Dark-Sky Association started a project studying the impact of light pollution on birds in the Salt Lake Valley. Small groups of Citizen Scientists patrol downtown Salt Lake City to look for birds who have collided with buildings. Data collected will help address light pollution impacts on urban environments to help save migrating birds.

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Explore More About Our Feathery Friends 

An American goldfinch.
What’s that sound? It’s a bird song! But which bird does it belong to? When a bird sings, it's telling you what it is and where it is. 

Meet your feathered neighbors with the Tracy Aviary's guide to common birds found in Salt Lake City!

Learning bird songs is a great way to identify birds, especially those that are far away or hidden from view. In fact, when biologists count birds in the field, the majority of species are heard rather than seen. Learn bird calls this summer and open a new window on your birding abilities with the Cornell Bird calls and ID

Celebrate Urban Birds with The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 


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