Field Trip: gray lodge
Birdwatching for Kids
Kids love getting out and exploring nature! Birdwatching is a wonderful way for your kids to do that. This trip will focus on the basics of birdwatching, while playing Budding Birders Bingo at a birding site just a short drive from Swan Central! Fun prizes will be awarded to participants! The children will learn what to look for on a bird that can be used as field marks and learn a bit about bird behavior. Your kids will get a chance to look through a spotting scope, binoculars (we’ll have a few to loan out), and field guides. They can practice identifying some of the common species we’ll see and then mark them off on their bingo cards. They’ll also learn some fun facts about these birds and be challenged to see how many species they can identify. We’ve never met a kid who doesn’t like a new and exciting challenge!
Field Trip Leaders
Bethany Thomas, affiliated with the Shady Creek Outdoor School
Special note about the field trip
A special note about Field Trips Please arrive at the location indicated 30 minutes prior to your scheduled event. This will allow us time to check you in and ensure the trip leaves promptly. We ask that you follow your field trip leader from the meeting location to the final destination. Anyone arriving after the field trip leader has left may not be able to join the group. Most field trips will be limited to the first 20 reservations. Walk-in registration may be available for some events during the weekend of the Festival. Weather may change a trip's itinerary, but most trips will be conducted rain or shine. Bring your readiness for FUN!.
Tips & Etiquette for bird watchers
To make your trip more enjoyable for yourself and others, we ask you to please use these following etiquette tips:
- Wear clothing suitable for the weather and area you'll be hiking in. It's practical to layer clothing to accommodate fluctuations in temperature. Wear comfortable shoes that have a good grip and are waterproof when necessary. You may want to take sunscreen, a hat or rain gear.
- Bring binoculars or a scope for a better viewing experience.
- Bring water on long outings to stay hydrated.
- Bring a Field Guide if you are interested in learning more about the birds you see. If you are a beginning birder, look for a guide that specializes in birds of northern California.
- Be courteous to other explorers. Stay with your group and pay attention to your trip leader. Walk quietly and slowly. Do not disrupt animals or damage their habitats (breaking branches, trampling vegetation). Turn off cell phones or other electronic devices. If you are taking children with you, explain to them proper etiquette before the trip. Always behave in a manner that will enhance the image of the birding communities in the eyes of the public.
- Tune up your senses and listen carefully. Scan the horizon and tree canopies. Look to the ground for prints, feathers and other traces of wildlife. Please remove litter and leave natural items where they belong. This will keep it enjoyable for others when they visit.
- No dogs or pets allowed on any California Swan Festival event, workshop, or program. Please leave Fido with friends or family and not in the car during a field trip.