Loudonville, NY, United States
Our Loudonville Elementary Ecology club, with 40 students from K-6th grade, took place after school in April and May. We cleared the butterfly/bird garden, planted sunflowers and installed 2 bird feeders on our first day. Our second club day, we had a visit from a local bird rehabilitator who brought a kestrel hawk, 2 owls, a pigeon, and a blue bird. We also used the Cornell Bird Sleuth educational material we had purchased on Discovering Birds and Discovering Bird Diversity to learn about birds, how birds eat, and how to recognize them through a series of 5 games and activities. On our last Ecology club day we built bird feeders from recycled drink cartons for the participants to bring home along with some bird seed and we did the Nature Detectives dry erase Scavenger hunt in group on our school property. We hope to be able to add additional bird feeders and provide bird seed to the school to maintain the feeders through the year with a school yard grant from Cornell BirdSleuth Program.