Bird watching is an active sport. With each new bird you identify you are inspired to get out and look some more! The life list is a simple way to not not only encourage your young birder but also to help them view birding and nature study as a life long habit. Creating a life list is an extension of your time outdoors that helps your child learn how science can be documented and analyzed over a period of time.
Keeping a life list of birds is a simple project. It can be kept in a variety of ways as shown below.
Ways to Keep a Bird Life List
- On paper – in a journal dedicated to keep track long term.
- In a book – there are log books specifically created for keeping a life list. Here is the one we have used: Bird Log Kids: A Kid’s Journal to Record Their Birding Experiences.
- Back of a field guide – in the back of many bird field guides there is a place to record your life list.
- On the pages of a field guide – I have seen people make a note with pen next to the photo or the illustration of each bird they observed right in the field guide.
- Notebook page- there are notebooking pages from various sources (including the one below) that you print and keep in a binder as an on-going record.
- Online – there are websites specifically dedicated to keeping a birds life list (like e-bird which is an app for your phone as well).
- Online- I have discovered several people who create a Pinterest board sharing their life list (like this one Bird Life List).
- Computer spreadsheet – some people take their field notes and consolidate them on a spreadsheet on the computer.
- Checklist – Find and print a bird list for your local area. Use this as a checklist as you observe each bird, recording your observation data right on the checklist.
- Your own cards – Create a field guide card for each bird on your life list (use my printable and idea).
Bird Life List Printable
I have attempted to create a Life List Printable that will be flexible for you to use in your nature notebook. Your list can be as detailed as you wish. Things to include: Date and Time of Day. Location. Gender. Weather. Bird Sounds. Number of birds seen.
If you would like help with your bird study, make sure to check out the “Birds” tab at the top of the website. This page has a complete listing of all bird related challenges, printables, and newsletter dates. I know you will find it helpful for future bird study!
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