To kick off our second session of the Wee Naturalist program, my elder son and I headed to Russell Woods Forest Preserve on Groundhog’s Day to listen about, you guessed it, woodchucks. We learned that the Delaware Indians called the ground squirrel “wuchak” or “wojak” (didn’t get the spelling) and that they were important to
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Wee Naturalists Program – University of Illinois Extension Office
I recently enrolled my 5-year old in the Wee Naturalist Program for the next four months. This is a recap of our first session, Winter Animals. January thus far has been unseasonably warm so there is zero snow on the ground. Temperatures have been in the 40s and even 50s although we are scheduled for
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First Annual Indiana Young Birders Conference – A Smashing Success!
The Ohio Birdfreaks were so excited to attend the very first EVER Indiana Young Birders Conference on August 24th, 2013. Rob Ripma (from Nuttybirder.com) and all the SUPER people who put the conference together did an amazing job and the young birder speakers blew us away with their knowledge and passion. Young birder photo session
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Biggest Week in American Birding – May 3rd
Kicking off the Biggest Week in American Birding (Friday May 3rd) the Ohio Birdfreaks along with new birder and Ohio Young Birders Club member Jamie attended the opening gathering at the Maumee Bay Conference Center. After introducing some of the key people that make the event so great (including the super hardworking staff at the
Great Backyard Bird Count – Kids Welcome!
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is coming soon: February 15th-18th, 2013. This may be the easiest citizen science project to participate in. Everyone can participate and you can do so without even leaving the comfort of your home. All birders (and “almost” birders) are welcome to join in. It is just a three-step process:
Minnesota Young Birders Club
The Minnesota Young Birders Club is supported by the Science Museum of Minnesota. It is open to kids age 13-18 from Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Annual membership is $20.00 but youth can attend one event prior to becoming a full member. The Minnesota Young Birder Club connects youth to other young birders in the state
Young Birders Network
A part of eBird, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Black Swamp Bird Observatory have teamed up to create the Young Birders Network. The Young Birders Network aims to provide resources for young birders to connect and learn, while giving their adult advocates resources to encourage and support. Though the network is primarily geared
Schoolyard Habitat Program – Carlsbad, California
There is nothing more hopeful than hearing about partnering environmental groups, willing teachers and eager students coming together to create a native habitat at a school. Appropriately named, Hope Elementary School in Carlsbad, California did just that on January 17, 2013. They planted over 50 different native plants, shrubs and trees in their new Native
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