Umpqua Valley Audubon Society

Event Report Eastwood Nature Days May 6,7,9 and 10, 2024:

teaching at Eastwood


     This is the second year that Umpqua Valley Audubon Society has participated in Eastwood Nature Days camp at Eastwood Elementary School.  During the four days of this program eight schools brought over 400 students to the site.  The students rotated between 6 stations that ran 40-minute programs.  Some of the programs were: The Wonder of Trees, Salmon, Water Catchment and Hydrology, Animal Adaptations and Ecosystems.

     We provided a Birding session that taught the students how to use binoculars and three ways to identify birds in the field. Then we headed out and looked for birds together.  Each day a volunteer helped with this program which was very helpful when individual students had trouble getting the binoculars to work for them.  Volunteers also helped show how to use the Merlin app and helped with setting the kids off on solo hikes to enjoy the quiet of nature on the trail.  A BIG thank you to Stef Neyhart, Connie Page and Marge Cooney for spending the day with us!

     The location of our station is very lovely.  It’s just beside a little pond and looking over Deer Creek.  We saw many bird species during the week including:  a pair of Red-Shouldered Hawks, countless Turkey Vultures, Hummingbirds, Mallards, Starlings, Canada Geese, Acorn Woodpeckers and Northern Flickers. My favorite part of the program is often when a group of Canada Geese fly over and we can talk about the V formation and the difference between geese and ducks.  It is a joy to be able to teach outside! It’s fun to see how excited the students get when they get a good look at a bird in flight or perching on a distant branch across the creek!

    One of the things the kids always ask is, “can we keep these?” (referring to the binoculars) It was nice to be able to tell them that they could pick up a pair at the Rosburg Library in a birding bag and check them out for free! We always end our presentation with a few ideas for how each student can help birds to survive and thrive in our community.

       If you would like to donate to our education program to help us continue this programming in the future, please press the donate button on this website!  If you would like to be part of our “team” of volunteers helping us to expand our offerings in the community please hit the volunteer tab on this website and send us a note!  We deeply appreciate any support you can send our way!

Onward and Upward!

Tracy Maxwell

Community Outreach Coordinator.

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