Make a Pine Cone Bird Feeder! – Easy Instructions
Idea adapted from: Karen, a Writer at ABCs of Literacy “How To Make Pine Cone Bird Feeders with Preschoolers.” Preschool Inspirations, 18 June 2020.
Step 1. Go on a mini scavenger hunt to find a pinecone
Step 2. Use a butter knife, tongue depressor or other flat object to take peanut butter (or alternative fatty, sticky bird-safe spread) to spread along the pinecone.
Step 3. Now that the pinecone is sticky, add bird seed so it sticks to peanut butter (or alternative).
Step 4. Tie your string or twine to each side of your pine cone
Step 5. Hang outside where it is easily visible from one of your windows
Step 6. Participate in one or both of the upcoming Bird Counts !
- Great Backyard Bird Count: February 12 – 15 https://www.birdcount.org/
- NH Audubon Backyard Winter Bird Survey: February 13th & 14th https://nhbirdrecords.org/backyard-winter-brd-survey/
Here’s a video demonstration of the process, from Fireflies and Mud Pies
CommunityCare of Lyme has kits available, with all you need to make a pine cone bird feeder. If you njeed the supplies or have questions about the bird feeder or the bird counts, contact Shelby Wood at CommunityCare of Lyme:
email Shelby@cclyme.org or
[…] Throughout this long weekend there are two concurrent opportunities to be a citizen scientist. The International Great Backyard Bird Count runs 2/12-15. You can learn more about how to participate by clicking the link here. This link will also provide some suggested smartphone Apps for the novice birder, to help in identifying and participating in the bird count. You can also help support the NH Audubon’s Winter Bird Survey, 2/13-14. The NH Audubon defines “in your backyard” as any bird you can see in your backyard. So you’re able to stay inside and look at your backyard bird feeders while participating! Please click here for more on how to participate. In both bird surveys, the focus is to explore nature and beauty in your own backyard. CCL has encouraged participation in these events by offering DIY pinecone bird feeder kits to all who are interested, and the support and engagement has been amazing! If you would like instructions on how to make your own pinecone bird feeder, click here. […]