Education

Education

Salem Audubon's education offerings include: Traveling Education Programs that focus on elementary school classroom, short courses for Beginning Birders and a series of 2-Hour Sessions focused on particular bird groups.

The Traveling Education Programs can be tailored to fit any age group and are available to a wide range of audiences, including public libraries, civic groups, retirement homes and service organizations. 

Thanks to Marion Soil and Water Conservation District and their generous support, the Traveling Education Programs can be free to schools and school affiliated groups if a Traveling Program Scholarship Applicaiton form is submitted. Other grouops will be charged $25 per program. Any Group doing the Build a Nest Box program will be charged $4 per nest box to cover the cost of materials.

To receive your program free, click here to download a Traveling Program Scholarship application form.

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Traveling Education Programs:

Birds in Hand

Just how do birds differ from us? Students answer this question by examining bird specimens, feathers, wings and nests.  Discussion focuses on the mechanics of flight, bird anatomy and basic bird identification.  Programs can be adjusted to all grade levels, and students will learn to use field guides.

Owls

Owls were called "cats of the skies" by our ancestors. Unique feather, eye and ear adaptations make owls highly successful hunters. Students get a firsthand look at these fascinating features by examining owl feathers, wings, talons, and preserved specimens. Owl identification slides and recordings of owl calls are presented, as well as opportunities to dissect owl pellets.

The Sea Otter Story

Three hundred years ago otters were plentiful along the Pacific Coast, but demand for their luxuriant fur led to their extermination through most of their range, including Oregon. Learn about their daily life and habitat, why these fascinating creatures spend so much time eating and grooming, and about the kelp forest ecosystem - where the sea otter is a "keystone species".

Bird Identification -- Classroom Introduction

Birds have very distinctive characteristics – if you know what to look for. Students will learn about plumage, flight, behavior and habitat through a PowerPoint presentation. The class includes an introduction to field guides and has a related art activity. This program is suitable for grades 2-5.

Build a Nest Box

Many birds build nests inside the natural cavities that are disappearing as we continue to develop the land. A well-constructed nest box provides birds with a safe place to raise their young. By assembling a wooden nest box, students learn about cavity-nesting birds, invasive species and how to place, monitor, and maintain the box. Class size for this program is limited to 30 students, unless approved in advance by the presenter. An additional fee of $4 per nest box will be charged to cover the cost of materials. Students will take home their completed nest box.

Bats

Bats have suffered from superstition and persecution since ancient times.  Through slides and video excerpts this class introduces students to bats in general and Oregon bats in particular.  Students will see graphically how bats have the same basic anatomy as humans, but with some dramatic modification.

Bird on a Stick -- Field Identification

Learn to spot and identify birds in the enjoyable schoolyard program.  Using our binoculars, field guides and "birds on sticks," students will discover that plumage, size, shape, behavior and habitat are all clues and tools for identification of bird species.  This class is suitable for grades 3-5 and is a good follow-up to the Bird Identification class.

Beavers 

Beavers are famous for the speed and thoroughness with which they alter their environments.  See how they construct dams, lodges and even canals in the quest for building materials and food.  Learn about the extended families and how at two years of age, then leave their parents and go on hazardous journeys to find and develop their own home sites.  This program uses high quality videos, poster boards, skulls, chewed branches and a pelt.

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These programs provide students with real-world examples and are designed to comply with many of the Next Generation Science Standards.

To schedule a program, call or email Lowell Spring, Educaiton Coordinator, (503) 949-2017 or springl@wou.edu.

To receive your program free, click here to download a Traveling Program Scholarship application form.