A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to Crowe’s Nest Media, via the Homeschool Showcase. Crowe’s Nest Media is the family-run business of the Crowe’s, a homeschooling family who have just released their first DVD, Your Backyard, a young beginner’s guide to identifying 18 common feeder birds.
After the Homeschool Showcase published, I was contacted by the Crowe’s about reviewing Your Backyard and hosting a giveaway and I jumped at the chance to do so. I love birdwatching, but recognize very few birds by sight or sound. We have a feeder right outside our dining room window and the kids will often look up from schoolwork to see birds at the feeder. We’ll all stop whatever we’re doing to watch them and it’s never just an excuse to stop working; we’re all just fascinated by birds. So I thought this DVD would be something the whole family could learn from and enjoy.
I was absolutely delighted with Your Backyard, which is hosted by the young Crowe children. (I was not at all only slightly biased by the fact that Taylor, Samuel, and Grace are two red-heads and a blond, just like my kiddos.) The young narrators did a fabulous job hosting the 58-minute DVD. I can only begin to imagine the incredible lessons the Crowe family has learned together in producing Your Backyard. If you get a chance, I highly recommend that you read their story.
Your Backyard introduces eighteen birds of the Eastern and Central United States, showing each up close in live action, so you can watch the bird and hear its sound. For most birds, there are at least two sounds represented, their song and their call. One of the bonus features explains why birds sing and why they have different sounds. Not only do you see and hear the birds as you learn to identify them, but the Crowe kids offer tips for remembering the sounds, such as pointing out words that the sounds may seem to mimic. All of this from a delightfully unabashed Christian, creationist perspective.
Viewers will also be introduced to Professor Solomon, the owl who gives more information about many of the birds featured. Your family will enjoy taking Professor Solomon’s interactive bird quiz to test your knowledge about the birds introduced in the video. Viewers young and old will learn even more through DVD features including:
- a bird range map
- a look at all the different birds in the video set to the music of Amazing Grace — a fun way to practice your bird identification skills
- instructions for making homemade feeders, so you can begin attracting feeder birds to your backyard
- the history of John James Audubon
I love the way Your Backyard is organized. The DVD chapters are broken down by bird colors — black birds, red birds, blue birds — making it easy to quickly go to the right spot for identifying unfamiliar birds that you may spot in your yard. At only $19.95, Your Backyard offers beginning birdwatchers of all ages a unique method of learning to recognize such birds as:
- American Goldfinch
- Baltimore Oriole
- Song Sparrow
- Tufted Titmouse
- White-breaded Nuthatch
- and many more!
The family behind Crowe’s Nest Media did a wonderful job putting together their first “God-honoring, family strengthening” film and I look forward to many more educational DVDs from them.
I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. I received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions. Your experience may vary.