3March/April 2009The Audubon CAWS
YOUR EducationCommittee isPlanning for a BannerYear in 2009!
By Nancy Hylbert, ChairMAS Education Committee
We have an enthusiastic and growinggroup of energetic volunteers who arerevved up about our projects for 2009.We are excited about our EducationCommittee offerings, and we look for-ward to the possibility of your participa-tion! Some of the main events we arefocusing on this year are:
• Expanding our Bird Mentor Program.
Using a Power Point presentation, aset of binoculars, including child-sized binocs, and a healthy dose of enthusi-asm, our volunteer bird mentors havetaught more than 500 school childrenand their attending adults about ourlocal birds and their habitats. We areplanning to expand our program toinclude even more schools this year! If you have considered being a bird men-tor, but are unsure of what to expect,come along and ‘shadow’ one of ourexperienced bird mentors. This pro-gram takes place primarily during theschool year. To schedule a shadowingexperience, or to participate in a brief training, please contact Dee Wylie:
or (608) 833-2744.
• Planning and facilitating our sec
-ond year of cooperating with MSCR(Madison School & CommunityRecreation) MAD Camp, to offerAudubon Adventures environmentalservice-learning opportunities to middleschool youth in the greater MadisonArea. This camp takes place for 8 weeks,from mid-June to mid-August. If youwould like to assist with curriculumplanning, materials, or teaching, pleaseemail Nancy: email@example.com.
• Hosting school children for a half day
of learning and environmental steward-ship via our Audubon Adventure DaySanctuary Field Trips (usually offered inthe fall). Kids gleefully experience prai-rie scavenger hunts, bird watching, pen-ning their own original nature poems,collecting prairie seeds, and playingCritter Quest, an insect-observation andidentification game created by two of our more imaginative education com-mittee members. We have these andmore kid-friendly activities all plannedout; all we need to get more schoolchildren and home schoolers out onour sanctuaries is YOU! For more info,please email Nancy: firstname.lastname@example.org.Wishing you all the best in 2009, andhoping for the opportunity to work,laugh, and learn together as we strive tostrengthen the connection between chil-dren and the natural world.
Bird Mentor Workshop
(New or Review for Mentors)
Here is a chance for
Bird Mentors to learn more about theBird Mentor program, equipment, andtips for working with groups. The work-shop will be on Saturday, March 7 at theMiddleton Library from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.You will have the opportunity to view thePowerPoint program, practice workingwith the equipment, and hear suggestionsfrom experienced Bird Mentors. Come join the fun! Call Dee Wylie at (608) 833-2744 with any questions.A Bird Mentor is anyone interestedin birds (even a beginning birder) whowants to share their excitement about birding - you choose the age level andthe time. We have great PowerPointprograms that provide interesting pre-sentations for students or groups to helpthem enjoy learning more about birds.You make this happen as a Bird Mentorand are rewarded with stories, smiles,and the joy of sharing the small wondersof our world. Learn more at the MentorWorkshop on March 7!
ICF Wetland Ecology LectureWednesday, March 25
The International Crane Foundation is hosting a visit by wetlandecologist Max Finlayson of the Institute for Land, Water andSociety at Charles Sturt University, Australia’s largest regionaluniversity, in New South Wales. Prof. Finlayson will give aguest lecture at 2650 Humanities Building on the UW-Madisoncampus at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25. The title of his talk is “Wetland Conservation and Management: Worldwide Issues,Conflicts and Synergies, and Learning from Comparison andCollaboration”. He plans to describe the conditions of wetlandsglobally, with 2-3 examples of major global projects to conservewetlands internationally. Madison Audubon is cosponsoring thelecture. For more information, contact Alison Duff at ICF (608)356-9462. More information about Max Finlayson is availableat: http://www.csu.edu.au/research/ilws/about/members/finlayson.htm
Friends of the UW-Madison ArboretumNative Plant Sale – Saturday, May 9
Orders can be placed now through March 20 for your choice of over 100 varieties of woodland and prairie native plants (includ-ing a rain garden, butterfly/hummingbird garden, savannagarden, children’s prairie garden) and native shrubs, vinesand trees. All species are native to the area and are propagatedplants, not dug from the wild. The pre-order brochure is avail-able at
or phone (608) 263-7760.
Big Birding Day:Saturday, May 9, 2009
See article, p. 9