At this time of year I often wish I were somewhere warm and sunny. In winter, the temperate west coast rainforest experience is, well... dark and wet.
Then I discovered bird bingo!
As keen Winter Family Challenge testers, my two-year old and I saw a huge flock of red-breasted mergansers diving, a double-crested cormorant feasting on a fish — all while a bald eagle perched nearby.
Has your family got what it takes to play bird bingo? Sign up today and join our Winter Family Challenge!
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You'll receive a fun outdoor activity every week for a month, stay connected with the David Suzuki Foundation and meet other families like yours — on Facebook, Twitter (#winterfun) and Instagram. Don't forget to take pictures. Then send us your outdoor family photos for a chance to win prizes!
Learn how to bird watch (play bird bingo), track animals (in the snow or mud), make an ice lantern, and enjoy a winter picnic. A great way to reconnect with family, friends and a reminder that nature is always there for you.
Did you know that outdoor winter play can strengthen the immune system, sharpen the mind and decrease stress? So participating in the Winter Family Challenge can combat the common cold, too!
Where's the best place near you to nurture a nature connection that will last all year? Comment on this blog to win a Queen of Green care package (draw date February 13).
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green