This is the perfect time of year to do field work for your super science fair projects. The weather is warm, the sun is out and animals and plants are plentiful. One of the easiest observational projects that you can do to learn about scientific field work is to observe your local bird populations.
To do this field experiment all you need is a notebook, a pencil or pen, a camera (still or video) and a location that has birds. Locations can include your backyard, a park, a botanical garden and your schoolyard. To set up this project you will first want to decide what type of bird behavior you are interested in studying. For example, you can observe what types of food your local birds eat, you can observe what types of bird species are at your target location or you can observe when different types of birds arrive at the location to eat.
After you make your initial observations you will want to translate your findings into a great science fair idea. For example, you can design a project that explores how birds help or add to the science of common lawn problems. The objective of this project is to learn how to set up a field experiment, how to make field notes and how to translate one research project into a winning science fair projects.
Do you have an idea for other bird related science fair projects or experiments? Do you have questions about setting up a field experiment? Post your questions and answers below and let’s start a discussion.