This program may be scheduled for any age group and requires at least 2 weeks of advance notification limited to center staff and volunteer availability. Participants in this program must be able to tolerate walking on loose sand soil for a distance of no less than 1 mile in the climate typically represented in the time of year you book your program. Water, bug spray and sunblock are recommended. The length of this program is 3 hours.
Birdingis a pastime that is growing in popularity for all ages. Chinsegut has a myriad of interesting bird species that can be easily viewed in our bird and butterfly garden behind the center.
- Review terms:
- Review Migration Maps and Flyways
- Review the history of extinct bird species and how un-regulated hunting and feather harvesting for hat adornment decimated bird populations in the 1800s
- Power Point introduction to the basics of birding, what to look for, how to use a field guide
- Introduction to binoculars, parts and correct use
- Introduction to bird adaptation: Bird beaks game or Paper plane, educators choice
- Binocular test
- Birding at a bird feeder for more ID practice
- Field exercise to identify birds around the Chinsegut property
- Review and evaluation
- Encourage students to become involved in the “Wings over Florida” junior birding program.
- Visit Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail sites.
- Purchase or build a bird nest box or a few and watch for inhabitants.
- Study bird beaks and feet to compare how birds find and consume different foods.
- Place bird feeders in the school yard.
- Discuss extinction of iconic passenger pigeon(foldtheflock.org ) and how several of Florida’s bird species are currently facing extinction such as the grasshopper sparrow, scrub jay, whooping crane, white crowned pigeon and several seaside sparrows.