Habitat Connections: Exploring Your Local Environment through Birds and Citizen Science

Public event
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 8:30am - 3:30pm
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Sci-Port:Louisiana's Science Center
820 Clyde Fant Pkwy
Shreveport, LA 71101
United States
Phone: 318.424.8714
Fax: 318.222.5592

Thank you for your interest in this free Habitat Connections workshop being held at Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center and co-sponsored by the Louisiana STEM Girls Collaborative and the BirdSleuth K-12 Program at the BirdSleuth K-12 Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.


Join us to discover how you can engage girls (and boys) in learning through birds, citizen science, and local habitat improvement projects that benefit birds and other wildlife! Birds are a great hook for getting girls and boys outside to observe and connect to their environment…wherever you are, you can find bird species in your area. Some bird species travel between countries and continents during their spectacular yearly migrations. They can connect us to other places, people, cultures, and environmental issues.


Participants are invited to attend this free full-day professional development opportunity and discover how to engage girls and boys ages 8-13 through inquiry-based STEM instruction. Whether you are a classroom teacher or informal educator, you’ll experience hands-on activities (including a bird walk!) and take home a 7-lesson curriculum and kit of teaching materials which are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core standards.


The Habitat Connections takes kids on a journey to discover the diverse habitat needs of birds, experience some of the challenges birds face during migration and nesting, and realize the unique ways that birds reproduce and survive. Kids are invited to participate in citizen-science projects, to discover bird migration through the eyes of a biologist and via citizen-science data and models, and to put their new knowledge to work by planning and implementing a local project to benefit birds.


The workshop will be co-facilitated by Lou Papai, Collaborative Lead for the Louisiana STEM Girls Collaborative and Senior Director of Education at Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center and Jennifer Fee, the K-12 Program Manager at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.


Note: If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Lou Papai at 318-424-8714 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.


Click the ‘Sign Up’ button below to register. Registration closes 4 days before the training date. Check out the BirdSleuth Habitat Connection page (http://www.birdsleuth.org/habitat-connections-2/) to learn more about the materials. A map is also available for download under “Websites”. Additional information and workshop documents will be uploaded or sent to you as the workshop date approaches. Lunch will not be provided at this training, but participants will be given adequate time for a lunch through the Sci-Port Cafe or at nearby restaurants.


Additional questions or inquires can be sent to Lou Papai at Lpapai@sciport.org or 318-424-8714.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology BirdSleuth
Louisiana STEM Girls Collaborative
Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center
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