OUT8163 - Connecting People with Nature Through Birds

Course CodeOUT8163
Course TitleConnecting People with Nature Through Birds
DescriptionBirds make a perfect means for connecting people to nature. Birds are awake and active when we are; they are relatively easy to spot and hear; and, birds are in every backyard. Moreover, research has shown that the ability to identify birds heightens awareness and creates a sense of stewardship among youth and adults. In this course, explore tried and true activities that engage people in bird watching. Even if you are not a birder you will find these activities easy to implement. Specifically, participants will learn to teach others basic bird identification; explore resources including citizen science and bird mist netting programs; discuss current bird conservation issues; and discover the possibilities of inspiring interest in birds through festivals. Course agenda and pictures will be posted to the www.birdday.org website in February.
Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Teach others basic bird identification using a wide array of classroom and field techniques and activities. • Apply group management techniques and skills to bird identification programs in the field. • Describe the inquiry process and existing Citizen Science programs that are available. • Identify ways to attract formal educators and Latino audiences to your programs. • Identify tools needed to plan a successful bird festival. • Access resources and integrate mist netting safely into your education program. • Exchange ideas and gain new skills from fellow educators. • Articulate bird conservation issues.
Target Audience:
Educators, outdoor recreation planners, naturalists/interpreters, community outreach specialists, extension agents, resource managers, and others involved in educating people about birds and their conservation.

TUITION FEES: The Cost To Learner displayed in the Course Details is an approximate amount. Please refer to the 'Class Cost to Learner' displayed in the Class Details for the specific class session you wish to attend. NCTC Standard Tuition fees are scheduled to change beginning October 1, 2012. Additional information is available at the NCTC website.

Note: Tuition is not applicable to FWS, BLM and NPS employees

Delivery MethodInstructor Led
Instructional Hours21
Credits/CEUs0.0
Primary ContactSUSAN DE STEPHANIS; Phone: (304) 876-7494; Email: susan_destephanis@fws.gov;
Secondary ContactMICHELLE DONLAN; Phone: 304-876-7685; Email: michelle_donlan@fws.gov;
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Schedule:  OUT8163 - Connecting People with Nature Through Birds