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Alicia Hanson

Washington, DC, United States

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Supporting our Quaker missions of community and environmental stewardship, Sidwell Friends Middle School plans to supplement our environmental science curricula (bio blitz, bee studies, toxicology, energy/sustainability) with observation, tracking and recording of seasonal bird activity on our 15 acre, city campus.

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Habitat Helpers

Feathered Friends

After renovating and obtaining LEED Platinum Certification for our Sidwell Friends School Middle School building in 2007, we continue to pursue our school missions of community and environmental stewardship. We are a national Wildlife Federation Certified Habitat. In 2012 we obtained the Dept. of Education Green Ribbon School. Our environmental science curricula include, toxicology, energy/sustainability, bee studies, and a bio blitz (all plans and animals are surveyed and ID’d). We have wetlands which support indigenous plants, lily pads, and fish. Since 2009, we have been recording wildlife sightings which have included hawks and owls. Current wetland plantings include those which attract pollinators (bee and butterfly populations). However, we lack the bird houses and nut feeders which could support a more diverse group of birds. We would like to provide suet and nut logs for woodpeckers, niger and thistle for finches, hummingbird feeders, and white millet (for mourning doves and white-throated sparrows, etc.)
Thank you for your consideration!

Students working in the wetlands courtyard.

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