Blogging NPR: Birds Capture a Kid's Imagination

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Grab a pair of children's binoculars, a journal for them to log the birds they see or hear, and let them lead the way. Throw in some fun facts about different species, and you've got a great activity for the afternoon.

Bird watcher, Bill Thompson III, is also the author of "The Young Birder's Guide to Birds of Eastern North America." Click here to read an excerpt of "Identification Basics."

Many cities have parks with free bird watching tours geared towards kids so check out your local parks.