Here at NAAS we want you to know how we are filling our goal of educating the next generation of birders:
Eight NAAS volunteers hosted approximately 150 kids from Sedona Charter School who visited Bubbling Ponds Preserve and were treated to:
· The “Migration Game”
· Views of Great Blue Heron through scopes
· Binocular lessons
· Different beaks for different purposes
Education Chair, Tina Whitley, and volunteers Kay Hawklee and Julie Wills spent 12 hours birding with 36 – 7th Graders from the Clarkdale-Jerome School at Tuzigoot on April 23rd and April 24th. The kids were prepared for their field trip during NAAS-taught classroom programs at the school before going into the field. At Tuzigoot they spotted and identified Red-tailed Hawks demonstrating a successful learning experience.
Fifteen Mingus High School students birded at Bubbling Ponds Preserve on May 8th with five NAAS volunteers and bird guide, Tim Weber. Students were broken into small groups of three or four for individualized birding experiences on Oak Creek and the Black Hawk Trail. Some of the favorite species the kids enjoyed were baby Mallards and Cedar Waxwings.
On April 7th, Nannette and Rich Armstrong worked with five Girl Scout groups totaling 70 girls at their encampment at Willow Springs Campground in Prescott. Lessons included obstacles during migration and ways to help the birds along.
A special THANKS to Tina Whitley who loves teaching kids about birds enough to drive up from Tucson! And to all NAAS volunteers for sharing your love of birds and giving your time and precious energy to spread the word to a potential new generation of bird lovers!