The DBC Outreach program dedicates itself to encouraging people of all ages to start birding! We can help your homeschoolers, classroom groups, scouts, church group, park district, or garden club learn about our local birds, their habits, and ways to provide food and shelter at your yard or other site. We bring loaner binoculars and field guides and explain how to use them.
Here are some other ways we can help develop a passion for birds and birding:
Homeschoolers — we can supplement learning with lessons about local birds and guided bird walks and describe scientific techniques used to monitor bird populations.
Preschool — we have talked in preschools about winter adaptation of birds and made bird feeders.
Grade school — see above; also we can help 4th grade students start a Junior Feederwatcher program. We can also help your students work through Junior Birder activities and earn a patch! Curricula available for 5-8 and for 9-12 year-old students.
Middle school — we have several Flying Wild facilitators and can help with classroom or field activities. We can help teachers identify local birds and their preferred habitats, migration patterns, and breeding behaviors.
|Scouts||— Tiger Cubs: Find the Birds elective|
|— Wolf Cubs: Birds Arrow Point Trail|
|— Bear Cubs: Nature Crafts|
|— Webelos: Naturalist activities, watching and identifying birds, learning about flyways, preferred habitats of birds.|
|— Eagle Scouts: We have three merit badge counselors to assist scouts with the Bird Study merit badge.|
Girl Scouts — We can help Brownies earn their Watching Wildlife and Eco-explorers Try-Its, Juniors with Animal Identification/Wildlife activities, and Cadets and Seniors complete All About Birds.
Citizen Science — We can link you with teams completing both the Spring Bird Count and The Christmas count.
Outreach is a rewarding way to give back to the community, and DBC members have many opportunities to participate in the program.
|For more information, or to volunteer in the outreach program, contact Ron Skleney, , (630) 422-1814.|
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