We had a lot of fun at Olander Park's Christmas Bird Count for Kids last weekend. It was snowing and blowing! But we got GREAT views of a Bald Eagle. It perched for a long time for us,and we even used a spotting scope to get close-up views of its talons and beak. We also saw American Coots, Juncos, and, of course, Canada Geese and Mallards.
Bring the kids to Olander Park in Sylvania and/or Woodlawn Arboretum in Toledo for a half day of learning about and counting birds.
Any of the three parts of this event will be cancelled if there is a Level 2 or 3 snow emergency at the start time.
From the journal Preventing Chronic Disease
We measured the quantity and intensity of physical activity in 106 urban public school students during recess outdoors, recess indoors in the gym, and recess indoors in the classroom. We determined, on the basis of 655 recess observations, that outdoor recess enabled more total steps per recess period, more steps in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, and higher heart rates than recess in the gym or classroom. To maximize physical activity quantity and intensity, school policies should promote outdoor recess.
Read the article here: http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2013/13_0135.htm at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Study after study has shown that outdoor exercise, views of trees and sky, and interactions with animals have hugely beneficial effects. Sometimes it can be difficult to move away from the computer, put aside the smartphone, and take in what nature has to offer. Read THIS ARTICLE to be inspired by 10 dead simple ways to *be* in nature.
9 Free Nature and Wildlife Apps for Kids – from the Wilderness Society.
Our Favorite Apps where You Pretend to be Animals or Naturalists – from the National Wildlife Federation.
And remember to check out the Resources page on this website for a list of Lesson Plans, Camps, Articles, Websites and more that can help you get the kids in your life outside and learning about nature.
There's still time to register for this amazing event, but you must act FAST! Registration closes on October 31st!
The conference features outstanding young people sharing their interest and
knowledge of birds, but the conference is NOT just for young people.
Adults are encouraged to attend, and we guarantee that you will learn a lot and come away feeling inspired!
· Adult Registration Fee - $20
· Student Registration Fee - $10
· And that includes a catered lunch, too!
To download a registration form or register using paypal,
please visit the OYBC WEBSITE.
You may also register by calling
Black Swamp Bird Observatory at (419) 898-4070
We have an awesome group of young birders who will be speaking
at this year’s conference. We guarantee you will leave knowing more about birds than you did when you arrived, and that you will feel the dedication these dynamic young people have for birds and bird conservation.
Master of Ceremony: Jacob Stinnett
Keynote Speaker: Aspen Ellis
Title: Three Months, Three Showers, and Countless Data Sheets:
A Summer in Seabird Field Research Off The Coast of Maine
Speaker: Nathan Martineau
Title: The Merits of Local Birding
Speaker: Stephen Bischoff
Title: Daily Development of Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) and
Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) Using Photography and Weight Measurements
Speaker: May Martineau
Title: Water, Paints, and Paper: How Birds Inspired My Art
Speaker: Bill Davis and the Toledo ZooTeens
Title: Toledo ZooTeens: Who We Are, What We Do, & How To Become One
Young Birders Assisting Kenn Kaufman with this year's Bird Photo ID Quiz include:
Kayla Parry, Clare Jusdanis, and Sarah Seeley
Optional activities from 8:15-10:00 AM include:
· A behind the scenes tour of the Zoo Aviary or Herpetology Room
· Nestbox building near the registration area
Please meet at the OYBC Conference registration area inside the Museum of Science building for tours.
Opening remarks begin at 10:30 AM.
Tickets for AWESOME optics raffle prizes will be available for purchase at the registration table.
All proceeds from the raffles benefit the OYBC
There will also be FREE OPTICS door prize drawings for all youth attendees
This year we'll also offer Fledgling Corner - with bird-related crafts and activites for the little 'birds' in your family!
If you have any questions about the conference, please contact
Kate Zimmerman at email@example.com or by calling 419-898-4070.
* The Conference is also supported by a grant from Midwest Birding Symposium
A hands-on, exploratory, week-long workshop… in the woods!
July 22-27, 2012
Spend five days at Cuyahoga Valley National Park working with a team of naturalists, writers, artists and teachers in the humanities to enhance your writing and teaching through an appreciation of the natural world.
More info here: http://www.otterbein.edu/readingtheearth
Leave No Child Inside supporters from the Sylvania area create a seasonally appropriate activity guide every month. See April's here. Visit the Nurturing Nature Activity Guide page for archives of previous guides.
These guides are created by The Olander Park System, ECO-Discovery!, Joyce Davis, Sylvania Historical Village, Lourdes University, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, and Metroparks of the Toledo Area.