The Cape Fear Audubon Society’s education policy is
to inform the public about the natural environment. We conduct
workshops in natural science and the environment for members, schools,
and other groups.
Discover the Wonders of Birds
is a family-friendly program consisting of interactive, hands-on learning centers that invite children and adults to investigate several aspects of birds and how birds function in their avian environment. Visitors to the stations (there are around ten, depending on the size of the venue) are encouraged to visit each one and spend as much or as little time as they wish. Student groups may have a more structured schedule at each station. Cape Fear Audubon Society volunteers will be present at each learning center to answer birding questions and guide the explorations.
Visitors to Discover the Wonder of Birds
will take home answers to the following questions:
* Why do birds migrate?
* What are the functions of feathers?
* How do you use a bird field guide?
* When does an owl make a pellet?
* How has climate change been affecting bird populations?
For information on how you, as a teacher, museum leader or park administrator, can bring Discover the Wonder of Birds
to your facility, contact Catherine Nesbit at firstname.lastname@example.org. Teachers may inquire about pre and post-event learning materials for class preparation and follow-up.
In conjunction with the staff of Airlie Gardens
and Halyburton Park
the Education Committee completed the development of two curriculums to
introduce 4th graders to the native dragonflies (Halyburton Park) and
butterflies (Airlie Gardens) of our area. The kits cover their life
cycles, habitat requirements and behavior through readings and hands-on
activities, reinforcing the North Carolina Standard Course of Study
science requirements for 4th grade. Included in the kits are two field
guides developed by the committee to help students identify five common
species of dragonflies and butterflies in our area. Download the kits by
clicking on the links below.
Cape Fear Audubon Society
has created an educational brochure
on shorebirds for the Ft. Fisher Visitor’s Center. The chapter has had
an Audubon “Important Bird Area” sign posted at the Ft. Fisher boat ramp
near Battery Buchanan and will be providing an interpretive sign on
several bird species for Ft. Fisher.
Project Bird photos and newspaper article.
, Education Committee Chair