The Education Committee has 7 members, of which 4 are presenters. Our school classroom presentations consist mainly of ” What makes a bird a bird” talks, bird mount props, spotting scope lessons, ecology info, microscope work, birdhouse building, learning local bird nature, field trips to refuges, bird games, John James Audubon history, and bird photo study.
Our adult presentations are for any group, such as garden clubs, usually explaining use of bird boxes and feeders plus info on plants birds like. We table our info at fairs and other events.
We give people info about bird houses and will install bird houses on their properties upon invitation.
We annually make 600 wooden sandpiper pencil holders for kids to paint at the July Children’s Faire, and rough out wooden suet feeders for kids to finish and fill with suet for their yards (see photos above).
The specific objectives of the SFAS education committee are:
~ Enhance appreciation of nature, especially birds, and generate enthusiasm for the earth’s beauty
~ Raise the level of understanding by children and teachers as to how wildlife, especially birds, adapt to their habitat
~ Motivate children and teachers to become more expert in their knowledge of the natural world
~ Help schools accomplish their environmental education goals
~ Introduce and reinforce for children and teachers and the general public the idea that one person can make a difference in the area of conservation
~ Provide programs for community organizations on Bluebirds and migratory birds
~ Assist anyone, individually, on bird information, such as: good birding areas, backyard feeders and bird attracting plants
To accomplish these objectives we engage in the following kinds of programs:
~ Bird/Nature presentations for elementary classes and other groups. This is our main outreach program, reaching 400 to 500 students annually. Our docents give programs on how birds adapt, and on migration, using many mounted birds. If you are interested in gaining the satisfaction of promoting the love of nature in children, please phone Jim Groeser at 432-6596. Let us know, too, if your class or local group would like to have a presentation given.
~ Mini bird walks on school grounds. We provide binoculars and field guides and introduce young people to some basic techniques of bird watching.
~ Resources made available for teachers to aid in their study of natural history, especially migration and adaptation.
~ Library displays during April and May
~ Educational displays at children’s fairs, the county fair, and environmental events
The Education Committee recommends all of you visit the Resource Conservation District office at Presley and Main in Grass Valley to view our bird mount and bird egg collection.