Youth Birding Competition
LOCAL AUDUBON SOCIETIES
Local Audubon chapters and other bird clubs often lead bird walks open to the public of all ages. Some also have monthly meetings with interesting speakers. Several have regular newsletters. Atlanta Audubon Society teaches a Master Birder Class for those interested in delving more deeply into the study of birds.
For information on other birding clubs and birding in Georgia resources, visit the Georgia Ornithological Society Web site, www.gos.org
CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECTS
These projects generally require some basic bird identification ability, internet access, and a place to watch birds. These are all great projects to help collect data and learn the birds in your area.
Breeding Bird Survey - www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/
Christmas Bird Count - http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count
Project Flying WILD or Project WILD - Bird curriculum designed to help middle school students implement school bird festivals and bird conservation projects. Includes many hands-on activities and events.
Project WILD Activities - Use the Project WILD activities listed below (found in the Project WILD K-12 Activity Guide) for fun and educational bird programs. Each activity contains all the information needed to conduct the activity including objectives, method, background information, a list of materials needed, procedures, evaluation suggestions, recommended grade levels, subject areas, duration, group size, setting, and key terms.
Audubon Adventures - This grades 4-6 classroom kit includes materials for 32 students: Student Newspaper, lesson plans, tips for outdoor study, hands on activities and guide to a healthy schoolyard.
Friends of Feathered Flyers Bird Activity Boxes - Free loan Georgia Partners in Flight interactive educational activity boxes filled with bird education videos, youth and adult binoculars, bird eggs, nests, lesson plans, books, and posters. Boxes can be checked out for free on a two-week basis from local nature centers across the state. For more information, contact the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division’s Nongame Conservation Section: (478) 994-1438.
Create Bird Habitat at Home or School - Several organizations help schools develop wildlife habitat in schoolyards for education and conservation. These organizations offer guidelines to create water, food, shelter and space for wildlife. For funding ideas, visit Citizen Science in the Schoolyard -www.birds.cornell.edu/schoolyard .
National Wildlife Federations (GWF) Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat Planning Guide - The Georgia Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat Planning Guide provides information and resources to transform barren schoolyards into vital habitat for wildlife, and vibrant places of learning for students. By creating and studying wildlife habitats on their school grounds, students get a first-hand glimpse at the natural world, and the chance to make a difference for conservation in Georgia.
BIRD CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS AND OTHER RESOURCES
American Bird Conservancy: Provides information on a wide range of conservation topics, such as the Cats Indoors Campaign. Cats kill hundreds of millions of birds each year in the U.S. alone, as well as other wildlife species.
Partners in Flight: International cooperative group of federal, state, and private organizations working to protect migratory landbirds.
Birding Software: Pictures and calls for all North American species, natural history information on all species, and games to help learn birds.
Hummingbirds: This site provides information on attracting, watching,
International Migratory Bird Day (or www.birdday.org): International Migratory Bird Day celebrates the incredible journeys of migratory birds between their breeding grounds in North America and their wintering grounds in Mexico, Central, and South America. The event, which takes place on the second Saturday in May each year, encourages bird conservation and increases awareness of birds through hikes, bird watching, information about birds and migration, public events, and a variety of other education programs.
Journey North: A Global Study of Wildlife Migration: Students in grades 4-12 witness the wonders of migration as they travel 'live' with some of the world's most accomplished adventurers (The Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project)
Annotated Checklist of Georgia Birds: Available from the Georgia Ornithological
Handbook of Bird Biology: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 2004. Excellent ornithology text.
Georgia's Youth Birding Competition is primarily funded by The Environmental Resources Network Inc. (TERN), friends group of the Wildlife Resources Division's Nongame Conservation Section. For more information on TERN, including how to become a member, call (478) 994-1438 or visit http://tern.homestead.com
Donations are also provided by Eagle Optics (www.eagleoptics.com), Atlanta and Albany Audubon societies (www.atlantaaudubon.org and www.albanyaudubonsociety.synthasite.com) and Georgia Ornithological Society (www.gos.org).
Got a question about the YBC? Contact us at (912) 262-3191.
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