For the Birds! Environmental Education Program
|Project Lead:||Audubon New York/National Audubon Society|
|Project Partners:||McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance; P.S. 110 The Monitor School; P.S. 31 Samuel F. Dupont School; P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry School; St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy|
|Project Location:||P.S. 110 The Monitor School; P.S. 31 Samuel F. Dupont School; P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry School; St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy|
In 2018, through a competitive process, National Audubon Society/Audubon New York was awarded $100,000 in additional funding to deliver environmental education programs and workshops and hands-on stewardship activities for children, adults and families about local wildlife and ecosystems in Greenpoint. This project is an expansion of the previously completed grants: For the Birds! at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy and For the Birds! at P.S. 110 The Monitor School.
August 2018: Sixteen-week environmental education programs and stewardship activities have been scheduled to begin in Fall 2018 for both P.S. 110 The Monitor School and St. Stanislaus Kostka Academy. An 8-week education and stewardship activity program has been scheduled for P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry School beginning in Spring 2019. A family/adult community bird walk series in McGolrick and McCarren Parks will also launch in Fall 2018.
February 2019: In Fall 2018, Audubon New York delivered the first half of its 16-week For the Birds! education program at P.S. 110 and St. Stanislaus Kostka Academy to a total of seven classrooms, ranging from 2nd to 5th grade, and reaching a total of 139 students.
At P.S. 110 The Monitor School, a total of 85 3rd grade students participated in a habitat project, planting 300 native perennials for birds, pollinators, and other wildlife on their school campus. These students also participated in an enrichment project that included a study of native birds. Eighteen birds native to Greenpoint were researched and reported on by students.
At St. Stanislaus Kostka Academy, a total of 44 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade students in three classrooms participated in multiple outdoor field experiences where they observed and recorded data on birds in McGolrick Park. Second and third grade student learned how to I.D birds using field marks and bird song, studied beak adaptations and the challenges birds face while migrating. Fifth grade students studied more advanced topics such as food chains, NY State Biomes, how scientists name new bird species, and learned about how Audubon Ornithologists conserve birds and their habitat in New York and the Atlantic Flyway. In addition, For the Birds! worked with The Volunteers for Wildlife to deliver a live bird of prey program to the entire St. Stanislaus Kostka Academy student body. This program was delivered assembly-style to 100 students in grades K-8.
A total of 60 community members attended six separate community bird walks in McGolrick and McCarren Parks. During these walks, over 20 species of birds were observed, and their sightings recorded on “ebird,” an online database of bird sightings.
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