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The future of our natural world depends on our children and grand children. Our forests are disappearing and it's important to teach our kids what they can do to preserve our wildlife. LVAS is hosting a class to teach the future generations the importance of bird conservation by counting birds. Scientists depend on this data to keep record of any bird species that may be at risk of becoming endangered or extinct.The bald eagle was once in danger of becoming extinct due to the pesticide DDT.
Because of record keeping, we were able to trace the cause of the Eagles decline to DDT weakening their egg shells. Today bald eagles have a healthy stable population. We depend on citizens to record their sightings for scientists to keep an eye on the bird population.
The class starts off at Muhlenberg College and we divide up into teams. Each team will go to a park in Allentown to identify how many species of birds we find. The teams will be assisted by an expert birder to help children identify birds and teach them how to use binoculars. We then return to the class room to tally up how many birds each team identified. The class ends with a visit to the bird museum in Muhlenberg College. The museum has over 2,000 species of birds, including many that are extinct or endangered. This is a fun, educational event, go outside, and enjoy nature!
Saturday June 11, 2016 9AM - 2PM Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA Ages 8-15.