2018 is the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), a law that was passed that helped protect birds from poaching and habitat loss. In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the MBTA, the National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BirdLife International and National Geographic have partnered to share a year of storytelling, education and activities aptly named the Year of the Bird.
In recognition of birds, this month’s Try it at Home Experiment is all about birds and what kind of food they like. Different kinds of birds like different kinds of food – just like humans! For this experiment, we’re going to try to figure out if birds like certain colors of birdseed.
Bird is the Word!
Experiments have shown that birds recognize color and some research has found that many birds are attracted to bright colors. Hummingbirds, for example, are attracted to reds and oranges, which may remind them of their preferred flowers.
Continue your research to see if more types of birds prefer one seed over another. If you get pictures of the birds, see if you can use a scientific guide to identify them. Do cardinals and goldfinches like the same seed? You can learn a lot from watching birds and there’s no better time than the Year of the Bird.
Experiment Source: https://www.education.com/science-fair/article/bird-seed-science/