Spring Projects for Kids: Bird Nesting Materials

Spring Projects for Kids: BIrd Nesting Materials

With spring on it’s way, you can help birds build their nests by putting out nesting material.  This is a fun and easy way to attract birds to your backyard and get kids interested in backyard wildlife.

Nesting material is anything birds can use to build their nests.  Depending on the type of nest, the construction and material will vary.  Keep this in mind as you gather your materials – the more variety you have, the better chances you will have attracting birds.

Holder

A holder is not absolutely necessary, but may help to keep materials from blowing away, etc.

You can either buy a holder, such as a suet cage, or you can upcycle something like a mesh bag (the kind that fruit like oranges might come in).  I was able to find a suet cage from Walmart for about $2.

Nesting Material

  • Yarn, string or thread
  • Human hair or animal fur
  • Feathers
  • Cattail fluff
  • Moss or lichen
  • Pebbles or small rocks
  • Straw or other plant stems
  • Pine needles
  • Dental floss
  • Shredded paper
  • Broom bristles or mop string
  • Cotton balls

Bird Nesting Supplies Materials

Directions

Place your nesting materials in your dispenser, making sure that it is easy enough for the birds to remove pieces.

Alternately, you can simply drape materials, such as pieces of yarn, on bushes, shrubs, and so on.

Bird Nesting Supplies

Tips

Use materials that are not treated – for example, do not use pieces of fabric that have been treated with fabric softener or natural materials (grass, etc) that have been treated with pesticides.  If you use animal fur, be sure that it does not contain something like flea or tick treatment.

Cut materials, especially string, twine, yarn, etc. into small lengths.  This makes it more manageable for the birds and helps prevent them from becoming tangled in the materials.

Try to keep your materials in a dry place if possible, if you have an area that is sheltered from rain.

Encourage kids to look for nests, and you can take this activity further by identifying and keeping track of types of birds and their nests.

 

 

 

Comments

  1. 1
    ellen beck says:

    Very nifty! You forgot another easy one and thats drier lint :) All of this stuff works for squirrels nests too!

  2. 2
    alicia k says:

    how cute! this will keep the kids occupied.

  3. 3

    Yeah, one one hand I adore this idea, but I often wondered about the cost/benefit from a bird’s point of view.. The bright colors do make the nests look happier places to be. But my garden being cat-heaven… I’m also thinking that cats can find the nest easier. What’s your view on that matter?!!

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