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Children Study Birds at Maxwelton Outdoor School

A win-win for the community

Here they come! Kindergartners are entering the Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom on Washington’s Whidbey Island to learn about birds. “It’s critical for our students to get into a practical application of what they’re learning in their classroom,” says Dr. Jo Moccia, Superintendent of the South Whidbey School District. “The Outdoor Classroom . . . is cared for by the Whidbey Watersheds group, and it’s really a win-win for our community.”

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BirdNote®

Learning About Birds at the Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom 

Interviews and story by Chris Peterson

This is BirdNote!

[Excited children entering the woods]

Here they come!  Kindergartners are entering the woods to learn about birds. Coordinator Lori O’Brien, at the Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom on Washington’s Whidbey Island, welcomes them:

“Let’s gather around a little bit closer…put your bodies in slow motion and what we’re going to do is put our heel first and r-o-l-l our foot and what we’re going to do is walk up the trail together like a fox. Turn your head like an owl does and look around you. What do you see and what does it make you wonder?”  

A volunteer helps them learn:

Vol: “How do they know which materials to use for the kind of nest they’re going to build?”  

Child:  “Because they just see the material.”  

Vol: “They do, but there’s a scientific term people use for how birds know  how to build nests: and it’s call ‘instinct!’ 

Vol: “Why do they want a bowl shape in the nest, do you think?”  

Child:  “Because of the eggs!”

Vol: “What would happen if it were just a flat nest?”

Several children: “The eggs would roll out…they would fall and they would crack and then…the baby would just be out.”

Here, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jo Moccia [MOCH-ah] says: 

“It’s really critical for our students to be able to get outside into a practical application of what they’re learning in their classroom. And so the Outdoor Classroom that the South Whidbey School District is a perfect location and it’s cared for by the Whidbey Watersheds group and it’s really a win-win for our community.”

Volunteering in outdoor education can be fun. Find out more at birdnote.org.  

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All sounds recorded by C. Peterson; narratives tracks Marantz V105-139; ambient Marantz V T196

BirdNote’s theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.

Producer: John Kessler

Executive Producer: Chris Peterson

© 2013 Tune In to Nature.org    August 2013   Narrator: Michael Stein

ID#  maxwelton-01-2013-08-30       maxwelton-01  

 

http://www.whidbeywatersheds.org/

http://www.whidbeywatersheds.org/outdoor_classroom.html

www.coyotesguide.com  

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