Fledgling Birders Program | National Biodiversity Parks
Resource type: Program
Anyone who actively tries to foster an appreciation of birds and birding in others is a "fledging birder". The Fledging Birders program is a key component to the environmental education mission of National Biodiversity Parks, a 501(c)(3) non-profit conservation organization. All the strategies on this site have been used by our staff to introduce students to bird watching and develop NBP's upcoming outreach programs.
The program's director discovered birding "later in life". Shortly after becoming obsessed with birds, he also became a father. He feared that pending parental duties meant the end of his birding days. Wrong! He quickly discovered the immense pleasure of sharing birds and nature with his children and wanted to pass this along to others as well.
The National Schoolyard Birding Challenge is a monthly bird watching contest open to students in all public and private schools in the contiguous United States. NSBC's main objective is to get more young people outside and exploring nature via bird watching. While this popular hobby provides life long enjoyment for enthusiasts, it also holds benefits for many people, especially children.
These benefits include:
The National Schoolyard Birding Challenge is part of the NBP's Fledging Birders Program. The contest has been designed to promote awareness of local bird life for youth through the use of an interactive format.
For more information: www.fledgingbirders.org/challenge.html
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