by Janis Brett Elspas
At our house spring is a particularly good thing. As a homeschooling family of middle schoolers and a ninth grader, it's the opportune time to go out to our backyard. Since we do it ourselves, I know first hand that teaching and learning about science and nature are so much more fun when you can experience the great outdoors first hand.
After our daughter filled the feeder with black sunflower seeds, we sat back an waited. Within a few days the big backyard bullies arrived to try and rob the feeder, without success. After the larger birds gave up and stopped trying to get seed from the feeder, we all became hopeful that little birds would finally start arriving. Unfortunately, they didn't. Even after the globe cage had been hanging for more than 6 weeks, we hadn't had a single tiny feathered friend stop by.
The Globe Cage Bird Feeder, $24.95, is available online from Gardeners Supply Company and at Gardener's Supply Company's two Vermont retail locations. Sturdily built, this gift to nature holds 1-1/2 lbs. of birdseed.
How is your family living the green life? Please leave a comment and share the ways you and your kids are pitching in the save the environment.