Kids4Rivers is a great way for kids to show they care about the forests, rivers and wildlife in their community. If they just do 3 simple things a month, they will help protect the environment AND get a prize for participating. If they do it all year, they'll get a chance for a BIG prize and know they've made a difference for clean air, land and water...
Be a Citizen Scientist: Track the Monarch Butterfly
Every fall, a magical event takes place—the annual monarch migration to Mexico. Perhaps traveling over your own head right now—or clustered by the hundreds in a nearby tree—monarchs are on the move. By instinct alone, they migrate to mountain sanctuaries in Mexico where they've never been before.
We look on with wonder:
How do the monarchs know when to go to Mexico?
How do they know which way to fly?
How fast, how far, and how high do they travel?
Travel with the monarchs this fall. Find out what's known about these migration mysteries, and how much more we can discover.
Be sure to register and report your sightings at https://www.learner.org/jnorth/sightings/
Activity 2: Do feed the animals, at least the birds anyways!
Give your backyard wildlife a treat by making a pine cone bird feeder.
- Pine cone
- Peanut butter (or any nut butter)
- Bird seed
- High sided pan or scoop
- String or ribbon for hanging
1. Spread the peanut butter on the pine cone with spatula.
2. Pour some bird seed into the pan or scoop.
3. Roll the pine cone in the bird seed or pour the seed onto the pine cone until it is completely covered.
4. Tie the string or ribbon around the top of the pine cone and hang it on a tree.
5. Watch the birds come and eat their treat!
Activity 3: Make a Bark Owl Out of Things Found in Nature
Go out for a hike with the family and collect some bark, twigs, and acorns to make these adorable little fall accessories.
TO MAKE THIS CRAFT YOU WILL NEED
tacky craft glue or hot glue
1. Collect bark, acorns, twigs, and seeds on a nature hunt with the kids. Be sure to collect all items from the forest floor.
2. Gently chip and break the bark into the shape of an owl.
3. Invite kids to glue 2 acorn caps to the bark to create eyes for their owl.
4. Next, glue a seed under the eyes to make a beak for the owl.
5. Glue the owl to a leafy branch and display!
TO GET YOUR PRIZE THIS MONTH:
Dan River Basin Association
3300 Kings Mountain Road
Collinsville, VA 24078
To collect your prize this month, come by the DRBA Office and bring your bark owl with you! We would love to meet some of our Kids4Rivers!