Connecting People with Nature Through Birds


Target Audience:

Educators, outdoor recreation planners, naturalists/interpreters, community outreach specialists, extension agents, resource managers, and others involved in educating people about birds and their conservation.

Summary and Objectives:

Birds make a perfect means for connecting people to nature. Birds are awake and active when we are; they are relatively easy to spot and hear; and, birds are in every backyard. Moreover, research has shown that the ability to identify birds heightens awareness and creates a sense of stewardship among youth and adults. In this course, explore tried and true activities that engage people in bird watching. Even if you are not a birder you will find these activities easy to implement. Specifically, participants will learn to teach others basic bird identification; explore resources including citizen science and bird mist netting programs; discuss current bird conservation issues; and discover the possibilities of inspiring interest in birds through festivals.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Teach others basic bird identification using a wide array of classroom and field techniques and activities.
  • Apply group management techniques and skills to bird identification programs in the field.
  • Describe the inquiry process and existing Citizen Science programs that are available.
  • Identify ways to attract formal educators and Latino audiences to your programs.
  • Identify tools needed to plan a successful bird festival.
  • Access resources and integrate mist netting safely into your education program.
  • Exchange ideas and gain new skills from fellow educators.
  • Articulate bird conservation issues.
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