The January/February issue of the Tennessee Conservationist Magazine has just been delivered to the hands of subscribers and it includes my article on the Discover Birds Program, an innovative program that introduces students to the fascinating world of birds.Discover Birds Activity Book, and prompted by a desire to provide young people with a memorable introduction to birds, a team of volunteers from the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Association visits area schools, donating books to all of the classrooms of a single grade level, and takes the students and their teachers through a three-part birding program. The students are divided into smaller groups and on a rotating schedule, they experience a slide show presentation of Tennessee birds and their songs and a show-and-tell treasure chest of bird related items, such as, talons, feathers and nests. They also learn to identify birds in their schoolyard through guided bird walks with a close-up view of birds through birding telescopes.
The Discover Birds Activity Book includes science, math and language activities contributed by a team of educators including members of the National Intitute of Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, and individual naturalists and educators. Using actual data from the Geological Survey's annual Breeding Bird Surveys, students learn to graph bird population fluctuations and consider what may be influencing these changes. Another activity includes a fun decoding math formula to learn which birds are the champions of speed, distance and size. In other activities, students are introduced to the interesting traits that make birds unique members of the wildlife community and among the most fascinating to observe and study.
The Tennessee Conservationist Magazine website.
Visit the Discover Birds Blog to see more about the Discover Birds Program activities. Visit the Tennessee Ornithological Society's education page to find more information about the program and the Discover Birds Activity Book, including an online version of the book.
For more information about the Discover Birds Program, contact Billie Cantwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cyndi Routledge at email@example.com. For information about obtaining printed books, contact Cyndi Routledge at firstname.lastname@example.org.