This spring, EFTA is excited to embark on a new project with support from the Bureau of Land Management’s Hands on the Land program. Three of our Celebrate Shorebirds interns, Tayler, Eddie, and Stefan, will have the opportunity to mentor students from low-income middle schools in southern Colorado, while teaching them about shorebirds and shorebird conservation.
During two hands-on classroom lessons and one field trip, students will learn about shorebirds, local shorebird habitats, and embark on a shorebird survey at Blanca Wetlands Recreation Area. The lessons will include exposure to natural resource careers, the behaviors and characteristics of shorebirds, and threats to shorebird populations.
This project would not be possible without our motivated young interns who desire to leave a positive mark on their community! At the same time, they have gained experience developing the curriculum, creating a new shorebird journal, and preparing a survey that will help us learn about changes in student awareness of shorebirds and the benefits of field education programs. Special thanks also goes to Ram Papish, who created the art for the journal, including the cover featured above.
We can’t wait to discover how this project has impacts middle school students’ understanding and love for shorebirds and special places like Blanca Wetlands!