Robin's nest in our yard
What was so great, was that we were all of a sudden aware of all the birds around us. We had never really noticed them before. Now we were seeing them everywhere and we wanted to know what kind they were.
We had always liked hiking, camping, and being outdoors in general. Chad, my husband, had always been great about helping the kids catch frogs, bug, snakes, etc. However, we had been missing so much! We got some more field guides and we all began to learn about all of God's amazing creatures that were right around us the whole time.
We are not experts, and my kids know WAY more than I do, but, here is what has worked for us:
*Bird Feeders - Go to your local stores and just pick out a feeder and seed, nectar, or a thistle sock. Hang them up somewhere around your house where you are sure to see them everyday by just looking out the window. Also...try some Suet! We've seen some of the coolest birds on our suet. You'll find it in with bird seed.
Thistle Sock and Goldfinches
Red-Bellied Woodpecker and Northern Cardinal on Suet
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird at our Hummingbird feeder*Birdhouses - These are a fun family project! Make them from scratch, buy a kit, or by one preassembled. Hang it up where you can easily watch it. You can look online for how to make and hang a house for specific birds. There is nothing like observing birds, all the way from making a nest, to the babies flying away.
* Field Guides - I'm going to list some of our favorites (affiliate links). We've found them at yard sales, thrift stores, book stores and online.