brains of parents and children in an activity where participants used real plover population data to create graphs. After they constructed their graphs and investigated the causes of plover population decline, the kids were challenged to create posters that teach other people the Snowy Plover’s plight.
Throughout the night, the kids consistently asked great questions and demonstrated beautiful artistic ability. One girl even spent half of the event working on her poster! Some of our other activity themes at the event included banding landbirds and observing waterbirds in the field.
Seeing both kids and their parents leave the event with smiles on their faces was extremely gratifying. One of the parents repeatedly thanked us and encouraged us to come back next year. One of my favorite aspects of this program is that it is free. It also helps us to stay true to our mission to conserve birds through both science AND outreach.
We currently run these family events at Bay Area schools, libraries, and Boys and Girls Clubs, and most recently offered one at the Milpitas Library on June 11.
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