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Look at the birds in the trees
Many species of birds thrive during the winter months in the Pacific Northwest — and, as a bonus, they're also easier to spot, because of the bare-limbed winter trees. Put up a feeder outside, keep a bird guidebook at the ready and check out ParentMap's guide to family bird-watching.
For an all-around great resource for rainy-day fun, visit The National Wildlife Federation’s website, which is packed with ideas on designing your outdoor space to maximize exploration, as well as tips for gardening and nature adventures with kids.
The next time you find yourself listening to the drum of raindrops on your rooftop, just think of it as Mother Nature applauding you for all of the outdoor adventures you’ve planned. The murky brown bathwater at the end of each day of awesome rainy exploration will be well worth it.
Editor's note: This article was originally published a few years ago and updated for 2021.