The outreach program is designed to be taught in schools. The first of these presentations was given to a school in early April. I discussed the various methods of bird identification (physical characteristics, sound, behavior, nests, etc.) and some of the commonly overlooked ways in which birds help us. For example, the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo will feast on up to 100 tent caterpillars per sitting and is one of the few birds that will eat fuzzy caterpillars. Imagine the number of fruit trees that would be damaged if it were not for these wonderful birds keeping the tent caterpillar population under control! At the time of this writing, we have been invited by additional school districts to give programs in early May, so I am very encouraged!
We’re planning to expand the programs to cover additional subjects so that we can reach a broader range of interests. We want the next generation to gain a deeper appreciation of the world around them. The world is in their hands!