An excited group of 2nd and 3rd grade students from Cobb Street School had an energy-filled time observing birds, their habitat and songs along the South Umpqua River in Roseburg. Their teachers had prepared them well; each child had studied a species and were anxious to talk about what they had learned. They also shared 3 copies of “Birds of Oregon”, and had a healthy competition locating the picture of any bird we spotted. They especially liked looking through the scopes we had brought to get close up looks at the ducks and Canada Geese on the river.
Their UVAS guides, Stacy Burleigh, Mellissa Brown and Beth Brown learned a lot too. For this age group birding is not an exercise in quiet observation, but rather a sharing experience filled with movement, excitement and active learning. Good job kids!