WITH A CAPITAL “Y”
I entitled my last blog “With a Capital H,” in order to highlight the importance of habitat protection if we are to maintain and enhance wildlife enjoyment opportunities. But habitat protection won’t happen if the next generation isn’t interested. This blog, as with the previous, was prompted by the recent Colorado Parks and Wildlife Northwest Region Partner Appreciation meeting held here in Grand Junction. Initially, the discussion focused on how the various groups could and should work together but very quickly, the conversation morphed into how best to involve Youth.
No matter how much habitat we save now, if the next generation isn’t interested, it won’t matter. Every group at the partnership meeting expressed the need to involve youth in outdoor activities. Virtually every group had, with money or volunteers or both, contributed to some effort to educate or introduce young people to the outdoors.
For more than a decade, Grand Valley Audubon Society (GVAS) has sponsored an outdoor education program for elementary school children. Cary Atwood, GVAS Education Chair, has done a remarkable job of organizing this program year-after-year. Here is her plea for volunteers for this year’s program:
Early riser? Like to walk? Want to see birds up close? Wish to volunteer for a good cause? WE NEED YOU!
Volunteers are needed during our Monday-Friday Bird Banding season beginning Sept. 20, ending October 19th. Any day you can help walk the net run areas with the bird bander and other volunteers would be a great help. Net runs begin about 7:30 am and continue until nets close @ 11:30 a.m. If you would like to help in this scientific enterprise, we could use your help any morning! Please call or email Cary Atwood, Education Chair email@example.com or 970 201-9651.
Volunteers are also needed to conduct hour-long discovery nature walks with groups of 4th grade students who attend this field trip. If you love working with kids and their teachers, as well as helping connect kids to the great outdoors, please contact me for more details at the above phone or email address. Many thanks!!.
This photo is of an American Redstart captured last year. This is a very rare bird in our area and a few children were lucky enough to have a very close view of it.
Even if you can’t volunteer, plan on making a visit to the Grand Valley Audubon Banding Station. The Public Day will be held on Saturday, October 5th, from 8am until noon, although you are welcome to visit anytime. A State Parks Pass is required for entry. The banding station is located at the Kingfisher parking area near the restrooms within Connected Lakes State Park.
In the early days, Grand Valley Audubon only provided volunteers but as budget cuts and “teaching to the test” have taken hold, the cost is now $6000 or more to support the program—mostly for the buses because the School District is unable to provide them. Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory also contribute significant effort to the success of this activity. Additional funds are needed. Tax-deductable contributions for the program may be sent to Grand Valley Audubon Society, POB 1211, Grand Junction, CO 81502.
Once again, if you would like to volunteer or know more about the program, please contact Cary Atwood at firstname.lastname@example.org. This post provided by Nic Korte, Grand Valley Audubon Society. Send questions/comments to email@example.com]To learn more and to participate in the activities of Grand Valley Audubon, please sign up for our Members and Friends of Audubon listserve (send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and “like” us on Facebook!]