"As John Burroughs once said, 'Knowledge without love will not stick. But if love comes first, knowledge is sure to follow.' It’s our responsibility as parents and teachers to make sure that love comes first."
- David Sobel -
Who am I?
I am the state bird ... of Virginia, Illinois, Indiana,Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia. People love me that is why I am the official bird of more states than any other bird! I am bright red because I am a male and my main job is defending my nest and mate from other cardinals. I don't have to hide and I want those intruders to see me. My mate, on the other hand is brown and hides when she is sitting on the nest. She sings alot, which is strange for songbirds like us. Females are usually quiet, especially when on the nest but my mate is always singing. I think she might be hungry.
Where can you find me?
Science people call me an "edge species" because I like areas with lots of plants growing close together and more plants like to grow where there is sunlight. I can be found around people, especially bird feeders because there are usually lots of plants where I can hide. Except when I am singing when I will usually move to a higher branch where all can see me. I can be found throughout most of Mexico and the eastern part of the United States.
What do I eat?
I eat seeds, sometimes fruit and my babies eat insects that I have to catch. Mostly I eat seeds and fruits but will pretty much chomp on anything that will fit in my mouth.
What might eat me?
I worry mostly about hawks and owls. Oh, and cats. Snakes, squirrels, cats and other birds will eat my eggs and chicks if my mate and I are not careful.
Cool reasons why I am the critter of the month!
Female Northern Cardinal