April 8, 2017
Scout Leaders and Venture Scouts Participate in Bird Sleuth Workshop
On April 8 & 9, 2017 fifteen (15) representatives including Leaders and Ventures of The Scout Association of Belize took part in a workshop organized and facilitated by the Belize Audubon Society and the Belize Zoo at the Tropical Education Center. The Workshop “Bird Sleuth International: Connecting Kids through Birds” took place at the Tropical Education Center (TEC) and the Belize Zoo at mile 29 on the George Price Highway.
“Bird Sleuth International: Connecting Kids through Birds,” is a bird-focused environmental education curriculum developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Education Program. The curriculum consisted of ten lessons that engage youths with hands-on learning about birds, citizen, science, and conservation. The participants learnt how to implement its many activities, and how to participate in a bird focused citizen science project called eBird.
With the training we received we hope to connect young people to nature through birds and our local environment as we build their scientific and environmental knowledge. Birds provide a unique and easy way to get our Scouts outdoors, observing first-hand the importance of their habitat and their interaction with their surroundings. We can now appreciate that birds are part of our everyday life as they capture our imagination through their flight, color and singing. Through their migration we can learn about other places, people, cultures and environmental issues. Because migrant birds depend on different habitats in more than one geographic area, we now know the importance of conservation efforts in our country.
Out of this workshop we will continue our work with the Belize Audubon Society and conduct a study of the different types of birds at our national camping grounds (Camp Oakley). We hope to develop a listing of the different types and how they interact with the environment at Camp Oakley. We will also use the curriculum to assist us with the requirements for the Bird Badge we are developing for our Cubs, Scouts and Ventures.
Congratulations to all the Leaders and Ventures that attended; the challenge now is to impart the knowledge and training to our Scouts that they can experience the important role that birds play in our life. At the end of the workshop all participants received a “Certificate for participation in a two day Bird Sleuth International Training” from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Education Program and the Belize Audubon Society.
We say a big thank you to our facilitators and Audubon Society, Dareece Chuc, Environmental Education and Communications Director - Belize Audubon Society; Jamal Andrewin, Director of Education - The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center
Contributed by Nephtali C. Palma - Field & Program Executive