Audubon Society unveils bird and nature fun for kids

Audubon Society unveils bird and nature fun for kids
The Golden Gate Audubon Society's osprey cam allows people to view the birds' activities in real time.

By Kathy Chouteau

The Golden Gate Audubon Society (GGAS) has rolled out some free bird-and-nature-centric educational activities for children sheltering at home with their families. The best part? Richmond’s resident ospreys, Rosie and Richmond, play a starring role in one of them.

For anyone unaware, GGAS operates a live osprey nest cam of Rosie and Richmond’s shoreline home. The duo just welcomed their first egg this spring, so it’s an exciting time down on the osprey home front.

“Families can watch over the next several months as osprey parents Rosie and Richmond take turns fishing and sitting on the nest, hatching the eggs and raising their chicks,” said GGAS in a statement.

Per GGAS, there’s also an osprey web site with a chat area where people of all ages can ask questions about the ospreys, as well as download lesson plans for children in grades 6-12.

For the elementary school set, GGAS offers downloadable bird-centric activities such as becoming a “Bird Detective,” playing “Listening Bingo” while walking through the neighborhood and reading exercises centered on an Ohlone hummingbird myth. Worksheets are available in English and Spanish.

The National Audubon Society is also getting in on the fun with lots of other engaging activities for children that can be found here. Check out the local GGAS website here and email them at [email protected].