Fourth-graders to try bird-banding

A bird in the hand (in this case, a song sparrow held by licensed bird bander Amber Carver) is worth a thousand words and Grand Valley fourth-graders will have the oppotunity to enjoy a close-up experience during the Grand Valley Audubon Society’s fall bird-banding project.

Fourth-graders across the Grand Valley get a chance for hands-on outdoor education later this month and into October with the Grand Valley Audubon Society’s fall bird-banding station at Connected Lakes State Park.

Officially known as the 2012 Bird Banding and Environmental Field Trip, the program is a partnership between the Audubon Society, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

In the past the bird-banding experience was in the realm of fifth-graders, but whoever does the curriculum planning for School District 51 decided having a bird in hand better fits the Living Things and Their Habitats fourth-grade fall science unit.

This year the Audubon Society is picking up the bus fare (estimated earlier at approximately $300 per class) but letting someone else cover the $50 per class fee that covers the cost of the licensed bander, an environmental-education specialist and the $7 per vehicle state park entry fee.

This year’s program runs 
9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. weekdays Sept. 20 through Oct. 19 with room for two classes (about 60 students) per day.

Because space is limited, teachers should register their classes in advance. Contact Tracy Baron at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with teacher’s name, school, class size and contact information.

Because the lakes at the Grand Valley Audubon Society Nature Center are dry this year, the banding site has been moved to inside Connected Lakes State Park.

Wildlife officer training

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a game warden, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has opened the application process for the next training class of district wildlife managers.

Applications will be accepted through Sept. 17.

This is a multipurpose wildlife position and includes law enforcement, resource management, public education and applying biological expertise to benefit wildlife and people.

This entry-level position is open to recent college graduates with a background in wildlife management, biology or a closely related field. Applications also are accepted from existing, experienced natural resource professionals seeking a career change.

After successfully undergoing an almost year-long training regimen, district wildlife managers are assigned to one of 135 districts around the state of Colorado.

The training includes law enforcement certification through a police academy, field training in wildlife-handling procedures, training in the proper use of ATVs, snowmobiles and boats, defensive driving and much more.

Interested? For a full list of requirements, more information about the job and how to apply, see the listing for “District Wildlife Manager” on the official Colorado state jobs website or search the site at


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