HOMES at Home Birdventures Episode 1


– All right, everyone, we are live. Welcome to the First Edition
of H.O.M.E.S. at Home. Today, I, Elliot Nelson,
with Michigan Sea Grant are going to bring you
some Great Lakes fun facts, some awesome activities, and some ways that you can
steward the Great Lakes. If you have questions throughout today, you can ask your questions
via the Q&A section if you’re on Zoom, right down
at the bottom of the screen, or if you’re watching via our livestream on our Michigan Sea Grant Facebook page, feel free to just ask the
questions in the comment, and we’ll do Q&As at the end. We’re going to get rolling
today and start off with a little quiz about the Great Lakes, so if you didn’t figure it out, our name is the H.O.M.E.S. at Home, and H.O.M.E.S. is an acronym that stands for the five Great Lakes. Each of the Great Lakes
starts with one of the letters from the word HOMES, and so
I’m going to quiz you at home. I want you to shout out
the name of the Great Lake if you know it. Right here is the first Great Lake. It starts with an H. Can you shout it out at home? I want to hear ya. I think you might be
there, and it’s Lake Huron. This is an awesome lake with
tons of shipwrecks in it. All right, the next lake
starts with an O, right here. This is the only one that
doesn’t touch Michigan, but we’ll forgive it. It’s still a Great Lake. Shout it out. It’s Lake Ontario. Next, we’re heading over to
this big old lake right here. It touches Chicago and the sandy dunes, and it’s the namesake of
the state that I live in. Shout out the name of this lake. Lake Michigan. All right, finally that takes us over to this nice, shallow lake
that’s super productive and full of walleye,
which are super yummy. Shout it out. It’s Lake Erie. The very last lake is the biggest lake. This is a huge lake. All the other lakes
can fit into this lake. Anyone know what it is? Shout it out. It’s Superior. All right, so that is
our five Great Lakes. Each of those start
with one of the letters from the word HOMES, and you can remember that at home today, but today we’re going to
talk about birdventures. I’m going to take you on
a series of birdventures that you can do at home
and learn a little bit more about one of the most
fascinating creatures that lives in the Great Lakes region. Oh, let me introduce you to Kevin here. This is Kevin, one of
the most awesome birds of the Great Lakes region. This is a great blue heron. You can see he’s super tall
with these long, spindly, dinosaur-like legs that he
uses to walk through wetlands. And whoa, watch out for that bill there. That is a big old dagger-like
bill that they use to zap right into the
water and catch things like frogs or fish. This is one of the most
awesome Great Lakes birds that we have out there, but
there are literally hundreds and hundreds of species
of Great Lakes birds that you can go out and see, or you can see from your backyard. And the Great Lakes are super
important to these birds. Let me show you something here. Have you ever heard
about migration before? Migration is what a lot of bird species do to go from their winter
grounds to their summer grounds where they will have their
nest and lay their eggs and raise their babies, and there are major migration
routes across the Great Lakes and across North America,
but two of those routes, the Mississippi Flyway,
and the Atlantic Flyway, birds from both of those go
across the Great Lakes region. Now why would all those
birds make a detour and head to the Great Lakes? Well, part of that reason is because there are so many resources there. Birds like these tiny
little American goldfinches, this is a super tiny little
bird, super bright and colorful, weighs less than an ounce. It’s so small. But that bird will actually
fly across the Great Lakes when it’s in its migration. Then when it lands on the
shoreline, and many other birds like these gorgeous little warblers here, they go on these long journeys, and they get to the Great Lakes, and they have to fly across
these long Great Lakes. They’re so tiny, but when
they land on that shoreline in the spring, guess
what’s waiting for them? A whole bunch of bugs called midges, that crawl out of the water and live along the shoreline there, so food comes out of the
Great Lakes for our birds. Also, all this water
means a lot of wetlands for folks like Kevin here,
where they can actually live and raise their young, so the wetlands of the Great
Lakes are super important. The food that comes
out of the Great Lakes, like bugs and fish, is super important. And so there’s a lot of great reasons that birds want to be in
the Great Lakes region, and today, I’m going to
tell you a little bit about how you can care for those birds and how you could go look
out your own backyard and see some of those bird species, so let’s dive into it today. I’m going to share with you
five things that you can do to help protect birds, and so I’m going to share
my screen here again. The first thing you can
help do to protect birds is make your window safer, so wait. Why is a window not safe for a bird? Any ideas at home? Can you think about, hmm, if
a bird can’t see the window, if it’s really clean, and I mean, my windows at home aren’t really clean, but windows theoretically
can be really clean, birds can then accidentally run into them, and that actually is
really dangerous for birds, so if you’re at home and you have windows, put up some window clings, screens, or even pieces of string
four inches apart, and that can help make your window safe. Number two, keep your cats indoors. What does a cat like to
do when it’s outside? It likes to pounce, and
actually cats unfortunately kill over 2 billion birds a year outdoors, so please keep your cats indoors. It’s actually safer and
healthier for your cats, too, as it keeps them safe from predators. And you can always provide
them leashes or catios, little patios for cats,
if you want them to get that outdoor experience. Number three, reduce your lawn. Plant native, things like
dogwoods and dandy berries and mountain ash. Dandy berry, isn’t that
a great plant name? Those are awesome native plants that could provide little
fruits for your birds, but also any native plant is great, because it attracts native
insects and other bugs that the birds are going to then eat. So reduce your lawn, plant native. The last two things, I’m
actually going to take you through doing those things today, and that’s going to be your
challenge to do at home after this video wraps up
in about 15 minutes or so. So number four is feed the birds, and number five is report your sightings. So let’s get into feeding
the birds, shall we? All right, so one of the first
things that we’re going to do is we’re going to make a bird feeder. I’m going to show you how
to feed birds at home, and you can put this bird
feeder in your own backyard or anywhere around your
house, your apartment, or wherever you may live,
and you’ll be surprised to see the birds, whether
you’re in the city or in the suburb or the farm,
they’re going to come out and they’re going to use your feeder. So first thing we need is a platform. Any kind of platform will do. I encourage, I think
cardboard, cardboard works, so hopefully you have some
cardboard around the house, and we’re going to cut out
a little platform shape. And you can be really creative with this. Get crazy with it. Make a nice, big platform
for bigger birds. I’m going to do a nice
little platform for something like a chickadee here today, and voila. Okay, don’t call me an artist, but I do have a platform started here. The next thing I’m going to do, is I’m going to glue some
Popsicle sticks on there to provide a little perch for the birds. Now if you don’t have
Popsicle sticks at home, you can just go outside
and collect a few twigs around the house. Twigs or sticks, actually
that’s even more sustainable than using Popsicle
sticks, so just go outside, find some twigs or sticks, and I’m going to take my glue stick here, and I’m just going to add a little glue, and my Popsicle sticks. Voila, ta-da, perches for my birds. Again, mine’s not beautiful,
but I bet you can make an awesome and creative one. Next I’m going to put some
wire through here to be able to hang up my bird feeder
when this is all done. Now you can use string at home or cotton. You could really use any
materials to make this platform and perch and to hang it. I would just say make sure
you don’t use plastics. Plastics, if you put those
on your bird feeders, maybe that could fall
down and that could get into your ground, and then
you’ve just contributed to plastic pollution, so use
things that are biodegradable, like paper products and wood. And now, voila. I have my bird feeder. Now what do I got to feed the birds with? They’re not going to eat the cardboard. That’d be crazy. My dog might eat the cardboard,
but birds don’t know how to eat cardboard. I’m going to take a little peanut
butter just to help my seeds that I’m going to put on here stick. I’m going to spread that peanut butter across the platform here, and then I’m going to take my bird food. Now, you have a variety
of options out there. If you have peanuts,
crushed up peanuts make for a great bird food. Black oil sunflower seeds
is one of the best things that you can use for birdseed. I would avoid using those
wild birdseed mixes. They’re full of fillers that
normally most birds won’t eat, so get something like
sunflower seeds, peanuts, safflower seeds. Go to your local bird shop,
like Wild Birds Unlimited, and they’ll give you
tips on what you can use. Now I’m going to add some
peanuts to my bird feeder here, and holey moley, I just
made a bird feeder! This is awesome, so this
is our first challenge for our H.O.M.E.S. at Home series, and this is the first thing
that we want you to do, is to build a bird feeder out of materials around your house, and
put it in your backyard. Now, what are you going to
see at that bird feeder? What might come up? Well, I’ve got a few birds here. These are skins from Lake
Superior State University, that are used for teaching,
and so I’m going to show you a few of the different birds
that you might have show up, and really, what you
should look for if you want to maybe identify the birds, ’cause seeing the birds is cool, but my favorite part is
learning what species they are. So let’s start with this guy here. This is a beautiful northern cardinal. Now if you want to identify this, probably what’s some things you notice about this bird at home? Shout out, tell the person
next to you at home, what are some things that
you notice about this bird? Hmm. Hmm. It’s red, that’s one
of the things I notice right off the bat, so
color’s really important. Here’s a few other things. This part of the bird is called the beak. That’s a really important
part for looking at if you want to identify the bird. Now look at this beak. It’s really thick and short. It’s kind of chunky. That’s a chunky bill right there. I’d call that a chunky bill. This bill is used for crushing seeds. This is a seed crusher bird right here, and this is called a Northern Cardinal. So we look at the bill. We look at the color. Look at the tail, too. This tail is as long as
the body of the bird. Can you imagine having a
tail as long as your body? That’s what this bird has, and so that tail length
is really helpful to know. All right. So this Northern Cardinal is
a male, but don’t be confused if you see another one
that looks very similar. This is a female. The female’s are lighter brown in color, so again, these are study skins from Lake Superior State University, but they’re used for teaching, and if you don’t have those at home, you can always go out and get a bird book to look up some of those things. Let me show you a few
other cool-looking birds. Another really common one
here is the chickadee. This is one of the most iconic
birds in all of Michigan. Chick-a-dee, dee, dee, dee is
the sound you might hear it, or (whistles) there’s their call, and look at this bird. It’s much smaller, right? And look at the bill on that. It’s a very tiny thin bill. Now these birds are great
at getting insects and bugs. They can go out and
forage for a whole variety of different things,
and this super-tiny bird is really good at
surviving all year round. This is one of the few
birds that doesn’t leave us in the winter, so you can see this bird all parts of the year, and again, we look for the different
features, like pretty long tail, tiny little bill, black cap, white cheek to help us identify it. Some other birds can be
identified both by their features and the way they act. This is a hairy woodpecker. Now this guy has a huge
bill at the front, right? Kind of like the dagger
back there on Kevin, and what do you think this one’s used for? (mimics woodpecker) That’s right, going right into the wood to get bugs out of it. Now you might not see these
at your feeder that much, but if you put up some suet
or you look along the tree, you’ll actually see these
crawling along the tree, as opposed to perching on a branch, so a bird like this rufous-sided
towhee might actually land and perch on a branch, whereas
this one is going to crawl along the bark. A couple of others really quick. This is a super-common bird in
cities across North America. Again, he’s got that chunky bill. That’s more for seed cracking,
and this is a house sparrow. These are urban birds. You actually don’t find
these out in the woods. You find these around people,
so these are a great bird to see if you live in a really urban area. And one last one before
I wrap that part up. These two little guys
are some of my favorite. These are called nuthatches,
and these are year-round birds here in Michigan, but the
crazy thing about these, now again, you can look at the bill. It’s pretty narrow and thin, so it’s good at picking
up insects under bark, but it’s also good at eating seeds. But the shape of this
bird is what makes it easy to identify. It’s almost like a torpedo
with that straight head, and they actually go vertical
down trees like this. They go head-first down
the trees along the bark, as opposed to going on branches, so that’s another way that you can learn, or another species of bird
that you can learn about. All right, so I’ve just
shown you some awesome birds that might show up at your home
feeder that you’re going to go out and make today, but if
you really want to get good at identifying the birds, I’m
going to share one more resource with you, and this resource is really good to help you identify birds. But before that, a few
things you can also use. You can use things like binoculars to help you see them closer. Whoa, these binoculars make
things 10 times bigger. That was really big. You can also go out and get a bird book. This is my bird book I’ve had
since I was six years old. My grandparents got it for
me, and it’s fired the love of birding to me for my rest of my life. But if you don’t have
access to a bird book, and even if you don’t
have access to binoculars, you can still use the Merlin Bird ID App to help you figure out
what species are at home. So this is a great resource that’s online. Hopefully you can see that now, provided by the Cornell
Lab of Ornithology, and you can download
this on your smartphone or your Google phone, Apple or Android, and what it’ll do, it’s a
whole bird book in your phone, which is pretty great,
but even cooler than that, it has these tools, and
it’ll ask you questions like, how big was the bird? What was its bill shaped like? How long was its tail? What color was it? Where did you see it? How was it acting? Does it like the weather today? Okay, maybe not that question,
but it will ask you a bunch of questions, and then
it will give you a list of possible birds you see. The other option you can do with it, if you have a camera at home,
and you want to take a picture of that bird, whoa,
there’s a bird up there. I’m going to take a picture,
and you got the picture. Now you can upload that picture
to the Merlin Bird ID App, and it’ll actually help
identify that for you. So that’s a great resource, and then, I said there was one more
thing that you could do to help protect birds and
help share the love of birds around your house, and that’s use eBird. Now eBird is a way to report what you saw to the scientific world,
and to everyone, really. I use eBird all the time. It helps me keep track
of the birds I’ve seen, but there are over 600 million
eBird reports now up there, where regular birders who
just crazy, they’re out there all the time birding, they are
reporting what they’re seeing to this database, and now
scientists can use this database to help understand what’s
going on with birds. We can figure out their migration routes. We can figure out where they’re
increasing or decreasing in population. It’s a super powerful tool,
and if you want to go do that extra credit to help out with birds, use the eBird app. So hopefully that’s inspired you today to learn a little bit more about birds. Like I said, birds are all over the place, and you can see them anywhere. They’re super important
to the Great Lakes. You can help them through
those five easy steps, and you can go out right now and create one of these
awesome bird feeders. So just to wrap up, to let you know, we are doing five days of this H.O.M.E.S. at Homes Challenge, and during those five days, each day we’re going to
challenge you to do something. Today the first challenge
is to protect birds, and to go feed the birds,
make a bird feeder. That’s the first challenge. We’d love to see pictures
of your bird feeders. You can comment on our
Facebook post and show us what you create. Hopefully it’s a little
prettier than mine. Mine is kind of a disaster, but yours could be really
awesome, and we want to see that, or even if they’re simple. We want to see that, see that on our post, but if you do all five days’ challenge, we’ll have a Google form at
the end for you to fill out and get a certificate to show that you are a certified
Junior Great Lakes Scientist. So make you’re tuning in all five days, you do five days of challenge, and again, the first day’s challenge
is to make a bird feeder and go out and feed the birds. All right, so we’ve had
some questions filling in throughout this, and we’re
going to take little time for me to answer some of your Great Lakes
birds questions now. – [Geneva] Hey everybody, this is Geneva, and I’m tuning in from Ann Arbor. I am one of Elliot’s coworkers
at Michigan Sea Grant, and I’ve been collecting your questions through the broadcast. Let’s start out with this one. Elliot, what are some
of the most common birds in Michigan? – That’s a great question. And so we have a lot of potential birds. Over 200 different species of birds actually nest in Michigan, and over 400 species have
been seen in Michigan. So there’s a lot of birds out there, but if you’re looking
at your own backyard, some of the most common
birds are some of the ones I showed you around here. The black-capped chickadee,
like I said before, is one that’s found in every
single part of the state, and even in urban areas, and so this is a really common bird. The white-breasted nuthatch
is another very common bird that you would see at bird feeders, and of course the house
sparrow in many urban areas, but you’re also very
likely to see some bigger kind of flashy birds, like American robin. Those are the birds with
kind of burnt orange breasts. They’re a rather large bird. They’re pretty obvious as
they hop around on lawns picking up worms. Another bird that you can
see in most parts of the year is the bluejay. This is another large, conspicuous bird that really likes to make a lot of noise, and really it’ll make a
mess of your bird feeders, but they are beautiful and cool to watch. I don’t have a skin of
one, but the American crow is probably one of our other
most common bird species, so crow, robin, bluejay,
and then those feeder birds would be some of your real common ones you can expect to see. – [Geneva] Awesome, thank you, Elliot. We had someone wondering if
they make a nest for the birds, do you think the birds will
actually set up shop there? Ah, well that depends on
what kind you make it. Most birds are going
to make their own nest. In fact, all birds will
make their own nest. You can’t really make the
nest itself for the bird, but there are some birds
that really like to nest inside what we call cavities,
and that’s just a fancy word for a hole in a tree, all right? So a lot of birds like to
nest inside of holes in trees that are dug out first
normally by woodpeckers, but then other birds will
take advantage of it, and you can actually build a
cavity for a bird to nest in, called a bird home or a bird
(laughs) a bluebird nest box. A nesting box. I don’t know what they’re called. Anyway, you’ve seen lots of
bluebird homes probably before, and those are used by
bluebirds, but also chickadees and house sparrows will use those. There’s a bird, actually
that needs a cavity, that really relies completely
on humans to make it. It’s called the purple
martin, and you can head over to the Michigan Audubon
website to learn more about purple martins. Those are a bird that
actually require humans to make them homes. They’ve evolved along with humans, and they actually really need
those bird purple martin homes that humans make for them,
so that’s another one. Wood ducks and saw-whet
owls and screech owls are other birds you can make cavities for, so check out cavity-nesting birds, and make some of those at home. – [Geneva] So we are at 10:50, so we’ve got just a
little bit more time, yes? – Yeah, keep going. – [Geneva] Yup, okay, great, awesome. – More of the questions. – [Geneva] So we’ve got
several people wondering what is the biggest bird in Michigan? – Mm, oh, you’re going to have
me racking my brain on that. So there’s a few different ways to classify a biggest bird, right? What do you mean by biggest? The bird that weighs the most,
the bird that’s the tallest, the bird that has the longest wingspan, and I’m not sure I know
exactly what we call the biggest bird in Michigan,
but one of the biggest birds in Michigan is called the trumpeter swan, and I believe that might be the bird with the longest wingspan,
though I’m not positive. This is a native swan
species, unlike the mute swan that has the orange bills. This swan has an all-black
bill and a massive wingspan. Some of our other really
big birds, like Kevin, the cranes and the herons,
the great blue heron and sandhill cranes are probably
some of our tallest birds in Michigan. They have those really long legs, and some of our heaviest birds are birds like the bald eagle, which
used to be really rare, but actually if you’re around water anywhere in the state now, you’re very likely to see
something like a bald eagle. So, sorry I don’t have
the exact answer for you, but there are some of our biggest birds. Bald eagle, great blue
heron, sandhill crane, and trumpeter swan. – [Geneva] Awesome, I would
love to see some of those out in the wild, and if any of you do, you can always take a
picture and let us know. We’ve got somebody wondering about a bird that I recognize the name of,
called the Kirtland warbler. What’s so cool about the Kirtland warbler? – Yes, the Kirtland’s warbler
is one of the most iconic and special birds in all of Michigan. This is a picture of the
Kirtland’s warbler right here. This is a tiny little bird
that spends its winters down in the Bahamas, and flies
1,000 plus miles every year to come up to Michigan, the
only place that it really likes to make a nest. What’s so unique about this
bird is that it’s super picky about where it makes its nests. It doesn’t just use any tree. It only uses one type of
tree called jack pines to build its nest in,
right near the ground, and not only that, but
it only uses jack pines that are like five to 10 years old. If it’s too big or too tiny, it’s like, “Nope, I just need a
thick plot of jack pines,” which really only normally
comes up after a fire. And so that bird is found only in this center part of Michigan. There’s a few tiny
populations now in Wisconsin up and into Ontario, but the majority of the birds
live there, and at one point, there were under 300 breeding males, so there were only a few
hundred of these birds left, and part of that was because we’d started controlling forest fires, and
there were no more big plots of young jack pines, so thankfully, over the last few decades,
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the Michigan DNR and many other natural resource managers and
groups have actually worked really hard to bring the
Kirtland’s warbler back, and it’s no longer considered
an endangered species, so it’s one of the greatest
success stories in Michigan when it comes to birds, and it’s one of the most unique species that pretty much you can
only find in Michigan. – [Geneva] That’s super cool. So I know in most part of
Michigan, pretty much all parts of Michigan, if you go
outside and look hard enough, you will find a bird,
at least one somewhere, but are there certain times
that are best to go birding, or certain times of
day, times of the year? – That’s a great question. So in terms of times of
day, most birds are active in the morning and evenings. They take a siesta in the afternoon. They like to nap. Maybe you like to nap too? I know I like to nap. I’m going to need a nap after
this, but most birds are active in the morning and in the evening. Now during times of the
year, we really want to think about when are the birds
moving through the most, and I showed you that migration map, and that is during spring and
fall, so that’s when birds that live way down in
Florida and South America are heading north, and
many of them just pass through Michigan up to Canada
in the spring and fall, and that’s when you can
literally see hundreds of species at one location, especially
along shorelines in Michigan, so spring and fall’s a
great time to get out and see migrant birds, but we
have birds here year round, so if you have a feeder in your backyard, you can expect birds to probably be there, as long as you keep it
up and full, year round. – [Geneva] All right, we’ve had
a couple of people wondering now that we know what
the biggest birds are, what are some of the
smallest birds in Michigan? – So the smallest bird in
Michigan would probably be the ruby-throated hummingbird. Hummingbirds are one of
the most fantastic group of bird species in the world. They are super tiny, and
they beat their wings so fast that you can’t even see
them, it’s just a blur. It looks like they’re hovering in space. They use their wings to
actually move up and down and around. They don’t fly like a normal
bird in a straight path. They can actually hover
around, like a helicopter, and they are so tiny, that
when they build a nest, their eggs are smaller
than the size of a peanut. So I have a peanut
here, and I’ll show you, their eggs are about that
size, as small as a peanut, that’s how small the eggs
are, and those birds never get much bigger than like a large bug. They really do look like
a large bug sometimes, so ruby-throated hummingbird is certainly one of the smallest. I don’t know if by weight or not, but they’re an awesome bird,
and they don’t eat seed, but you can put out
nectar for hummingbirds, and they should be arriving
here by the end of April or starting in May, and
that’s when you want to put out your hummingbird feeders. – [Geneva] All right, so we
are about four minutes away, so be sure to toss in any more questions. We’ve got a lot here. I’m not sure we’ll be able
to answer all of them. So maybe on that note, if
people have specific questions about specific kinds of birds,
what are some of the places where they can go to
find that information? – One of the best resources,
again from that awesome place, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
out of Cornell University in New York, they have a website
called allaboutbirds.org, allaboutbirds.org, and
that website has all sorts of great resources. If you’re new to bird watching, you want to learn about bird
species, you want to learn about bird science, it’s
an awesome resource. It’s made by scientists, so it’s accurate. It’s helpful, and it has
lots of good resources on how to protect birds,
too, and make sure the ways that you’re birding and feeding
birds is going to be helpful to the birds and not harmful,
so allaboutbirds.org, that’s the number one
resource I’d send you to. They’re the same folks that
make the Merlin Bird ID App and the eBird website, and then of course getting a nice guide,
like the “Sibley Guide” or the golden book guide, the
National Geographic guide, these have really helpful ways
on how to identify species, as well as maps on where they
are and things like that. – [Geneva] Great. We’ve got a couple of egg questions. Maybe you can answer both of these. First, how big is a heron egg, and how many of those
tiny little peanut eggs can a hummingbird lay at once? – Those are both good questions. I think, if I recall, a hummingbird can only lay
around two to four eggs. I don’t know how big a heron egg is. That’s a great question. I just don’t have an
answer, so I encourage you to maybe use the internet,
and go look that up. How big is a heron egg? I’ve seen an ostrich egg. That’s going to be really big,
but a heron egg I’ve never seen. – [Geneva] We had somebody
asking about mourning doves, wondering how common they are in Michigan or in other parts of the country. – Yeah, the mourning dove is
another great feeder species, that you’re very likely to
see at your bird feeders if you put them out. They’re a small, well about
a robin-sized brown bird that normally walk around on the ground. They’re pretty docile. They can be actually fairly tame, and they’re pretty common. You can find them across all of Michigan. They’re in most months of the year. Many of them don’t leave for the winter, and they’re really our only dove species. We do have rock pigeons,
and very few places, Eurasian collared doves,
but they’re a really great and beautiful species with a
super awesome iridescent patch that most people don’t see, that shine purple and pink
sometimes, so look for that. – [Geneva] Great. We had our lovely colleague,
Cindy, let know that the URL for that bird website
is allaboutbirds.org, so make sure you’re looking for that, or if you Google all about birds, you’ll probably get your way there. So we have just one minute
left, so I am going to ask the question that everybody wants to know, Elliot, what is your favorite bird? – Oh, my favorite bird. I always go crazy. I don’t know what to pick,
but you know, I used to pick the most colorful and fancy birds. I really love black-throated
blue warblers. I don’t have a picture of one of those. They’re an awesome bird,
but my favorite bird is the iconic black-capped chickadee. This bird embodies the spirit of Michigan. It’s hardy. It sticks it out. It’s friendly. Some of these will even
eat seed out of your hand. They’re curious. They always come when there’s
a new noise or presence in their territory, and they always check out what’s going on, and so I really like the
black-capped chickadee, because I really think
it embodies the spirit of what a Michigander is, and it sticks it out all year round. – [Geneva] Awesome, well
thank you so much everybody. It is 11 o’clock, so
we’re going to stop here, but don’t forget, tune in
every other day this week, same place, same time, same link. We’ve got lots of different
cool topics from the Great Lakes to talk to you about. Sometimes it’ll be Elliot, sometimes it’ll be awesome other folks from Michigan Sea Grant, so
don’t forget to come back and take those challenges on. If you take on the challenges, remember at the end of the
week you can let us know about them and get a certificate, and if you or your parents
are taking pictures of any of the cool things that you
make, you can always put them on social media and
tag Michigan Sea Grant. You can find us on Instagram
and Facebook and Twitter, if you put the photos up
on any of those spots. We would love to see
you back again tomorrow, so don’t forget to tune in then. Thanks, everybody. – Bye.

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