One of our most popular Facebook posts each week is our bird quiz—and our new sponsor, Bob’s Red Mill, is about to make it even better. Watch the video above to hear Bob himself explain what the Bob’s Red Mill BirdSmarts Challenge is all about.
Each week we post a photo (or sometimes something trickier, like a range map) and ask people to tell us what it is. We give the answer at the end of the day, by which time typically around 250 people have submitted their opinions—sometimes even supplying detailed explanations of their rationale. Some are off base, but even those are educational, and in general we’re amazed at how quickly people converge on the correct answer. It’s partly fun, partly group learning.
And now the quiz is going to get even more educational—in the sense that it will provide direct resources to teachers and students. From now through the end of summer, as long as we can get 100 people to participate in the quiz per week, Bob’s Red Mill will donate a kit from our BirdSleuth educational program to a teacher or homeschooler. These kits contain information and activities to help students learn about science through watching and thinking about birds.
If you know of a teacher or homeschooler who would like to be entered to win one of these kits, please have them sign up by answering a few questions in this web form. The quiz will happen every Saturday during March (so it doesn’t conflict with March Migration Madness heats), and in April through September will return to its normal Tuesday slot. Thanks to everyone who already plays our weekly quiz, and we hope we’ll see even more of you on Facebook each week!